The KC Royals are excited about what Bobby Witt Jr. can provide and so is the rest of the league, as he made MLB.com’s list of the best players under the age of 25.
Several different MLB.com writers joined forces to crank out an article where they discussed baseball’s best players who are under the age of 25. Only one member of the Kansas City Royals made this list and it was former No. 2 overall pick Bobby Witt Jr.
The premise of the post was that if you were starting a team and had to pick players under 25 years of age, who would you take?
"The challenge here is that it’s not for 2021, it’s for this season and beyond, so you need to balance what the established big leaguers have already shown against the potentially sky-high promise that the younger, possibly still teenaged, players might offer down the road."
This list is made up of some big names, including Juan Soto of the Nationals, Fernando Tatis Jr. of the Padres, and Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Braves. Witt making the cut is pretty impressive, especially considering he hasn’t even made his MLB debut yet.
Jim Callis is the one who picked Witt and had this to say,
"I opted for the guy with the best all-around tools in Witt, who could have plusses across the board and has incredible makeup as well. He’s more of a lock to stay at shortstop than those others I thought about, and he could be a 30-30 player when all is said and done."
Obviously, the Royals agree that Witt is a special player and that’s why they took him with the second pick almost two years ago. The 20-year-old (turns 21 in June) shortstop looks to be the team’s next big superstar and will hopefully be a very big part of the team turning things around and contending.
The KC Royals aren’t the only ones excited about Bobby Witt Jr.
The spotlight is always brighter for those ballplayers taken in the top five and Witt will be no exception. Prior to him, the Royals had 12 top-five picks with the most recent one before Witt being Kyle Zimmer back in 2012.
Witt appears to be pretty close to making his MLB debut too, which seems fast for the youngster, but even without a minor league season in 2020 due to COVID-19, the former No. 2 pick is showing why he was drafted so high. There’s a lot to be excited about with Bobby Witt Jr. and the fact that he made this list with big names like Soto, Tatis, and Acuña is a testament to that.
Who else can’t wait for Bobby Witt Jr. to make his MLB debut?