KC Royals news involves Bobby Witt Jr. turning heads in spring training and making a strong case to make the Royals’ Opening Day roster.
After an atrocious season in 2018, the Kansas City Royals had the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, and with that pick, selected high school shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. Less than two years later, Witt is making a strong case to land on the Royals’ Opening Day roster at just 20 years of age.
Witt has played well throughout spring training, but Jeffrey Flanagan, former Royals beat writer for MLB.com, tweeted that he’s heard the team believes they’re better off with Witt come Opening Day.
Witt is still very young so it’d be understandable if the Royals decided to start him off in the minor leagues to ensure that he isn’t rushed into the big leagues before he’s ready. But, after watching him in spring training and seeing the swag and potential he has, it’s hard to argue against why the Royals shouldn’t have him on their Opening Day roster.
Check out what’s trending in Royals news around FanSided.
- Bobby Witt Jr. should start in the minors [John McCarty, KC Kingdom]
- Bobby Witt Jr. may be irresistible [Mike Gillespie, Kings of Kauffman]
- Royals have different look heading into 2021 [Bill Felber, Call to the Pen]
Here’s what’s trending in Royals news from around the rest of the web.
- Bobby Witt Jr. is a fantasy [Hokius, Royals Review]
- How Witt Jr. is creating a predicament for Royals [R.J. Anderson, CBS Sports]
When it comes down to it, the biggest question the Royals need to ask themselves is this — Are they a better team with Bobby Witt Jr. in the lineup? If so, then there’s their answer as to whether they should have him on their Opening Day roster or not.
Witt Jr. is hitting .333 with three home runs and seven RBI through 27 at-bats and he’s doing that damage off of major league pitchers. I know spring training shouldn’t be the sole determining factor, but Witt has looked good and it’s hard to deny that he’d be a much better option at second base this year than Nicky Lopez.
Do the Royals give Lopez one last chance to prove himself? Or do they say “You had a year and a half to make a good impression” and give Witt a chance to show he’s ready to be the star player the Royals know he can be?
What do you think, Royals fans? Is it time to bring Bobby Witt Jr. to the big leagues?