Bobby Witt Jr.
SS - KC - MiLB
The Royals plan to give top SS prospect Bobby Witt Jr. some work in the outfield over the next few weeks.
"It goes back to opportunity," manager Mike Matheny said. "The more opportunities there are the better likelihood of the player getting to join us. Not ruling anything out." Witt was recently demoted to the minors but it's clear that Kansas City would like to see him in the majors at some point this season. He was playing some second base this spring, and adding the outfield to his resume would only increase his chances at a big league promotion. Witt no longer needs to be drafted as a late-round option in redraft leagues, but he'll be someone to monitor this spring. He's a must-have player whenever he debuts.
The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports the Royals demoted top SS prospect Bobby Witt Jr.
Bummer. Royals GM Dayton Moore sent the fantasy baseball world into a frenzy when he said that he was "open minded" about Witt starting the year in the big leagues. This was always a bit of a stretch for a 20-year-old who has never played above rookie ball. Still, Witt has been highly impressive this spring, and Moore's comments shouldn't be forgotten entirely. We could see Witt in the majors at some point this year if he gets off to a hot start, and he would still be a must-have player if-and-when he gets the call.
MLB insider Jim Bowden reports that Royals general manager Dayton Moore says the team is open to top prospect Bobby Witt Jr. making the team out of spring training. Moore reminded Bowden that there are still two weeks left in spring training but that Witt can play center field, second base, and third base in addition to his natural position of shortstop.
Witt is one of the top prospects in all of baseball and is off to a strong start in spring training, displaying the speed, power, and athleticism that made him the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. There have been concerns that a small market team like the Royals could delay Witt's promotion for service time reasons, but Kansas City did make a series of under-the-radar win-now moves in the offseason. He is already an early-round selection in dynasty leagues, and his ADP will skyrocket in redraft leagues if it looks like he is going to make the big league roster out of camp.
Bobby Witt Jr. went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk in Sunday's Cactus League contest.
The homer was his third of the spring and came off Dodgers lefty Julio Urias. Witt continues to impress, hitting .333 throughout Cactus League play so far. He's a top-10 prospect to roster for dynasty league purposes. While there's an outside chance we see him later this season, it's more likely that Witt debuts in 2022. His stock is rising, though.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports Royals top prospects Bobby Witt Jr. and Asa Lacy are receiving invites to big league spring training.
Neither player is expected to begin the season in Kansas City, and it's up in the air if either one will even debut this season. Still, it'll be great exposure for each top prospect. Witt is viewed as a well-rounded shortstop and is a consensus top-10 prospect in baseball. He's firmly on the radar for dynasty league fantasy players.