Bobby Witt Jr. continues to prove that the Kansas City Royals have a star in the making.
The dynamic shortstop has been everything he was billed to be. He is gifted with the glove, has a bat with nice pop, and his speed makes him dangerous on the bases. Most impressively, he hasn’t even reached his 23rd birthday, which is next Wednesday.
The son of a former big leaguer and a second overall pick, expectations obviously have long been high for Witt. He’s met or exceeded them in most cases, and it’s fair to say we’re now in sky's the limit territory.
“The two things that stand out are obviously the athleticism, the ability to do all kinds of different things, and then the way he carries himself and the maturity that’s beyond his age,” Royals manager Matt Quatraro said Wednesday in his weekly appearance on Fescoe in the Morning. “We understand his pedigree, his dad played forever, but Bobby wasn’t a part of that.
"His dad was probably just about done playing by the time Bobby was born, so it wasn’t like he had a ton of time growing up in Major League clubhouses. But his maturity level, the way he handles success and failure, is something that makes you think that the growth is just going to continue.”
The Royals have a young, rebuilding group that has dealt with its share of growing pains, which Witt himself has not been immune to. But the good has vastly outweighed – and been more prevalent – than the bad, and there’s no reason to believe he’ll be anything other than a franchise cornerstone.