First and most obviously. Bobby Witt Jr. The closest thing to George Brett the Royals have seen in terms of hype and production before major league debut. Top-notch glove at three positions, and an incredibly electric contact hitter.
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A recent report indicates that Royals top prospect Bobby Witt Jr. will be given the chance to compete in spring training at... third base? According to @footenoted, this make sense and potentially speaks volumes about KC's plans as SS and 2B. ⬇️
2022 Royals Gold Glove winners:
C Salvador Perez
1B Nick Pratto
2B Nicky Lopez
SS Bobby Witt Jr.
3B Adalberto Mondesi
LF Andrew Benintendi
CF Michael A. Taylor
RF Whit Merrifield
Dang, the Royals could sweep the board next year.
@royalsreview What I'd like to see from a 2022 Royals Lineup:
2B - Nicky Lopez
RF - Whit Merrifield / Seiya Suzuki
SS - Bobby Witt Jr.
DH - Salvador Perez
LF - Andrew Benintendi
1B - Nick Pratto
3B - Adalberto Mondesi
C - MJ Melendez
CF - Kyle Isbel / Michael A Taylor
I am excited to see where the Royals' revitalized minor league hitting program takes them in 2022. The org had five of the top 80 hitters by wRC+ at 350 PA
6. MJ Melendez
9. Nick Pratto
15. Vinnie Pasquantino
44. Bobby Witt Jr.
80. Michael Massey 👇
Working on KC Royals Top 15 - man did they have a good 2021. MJ Melendez with 41 HR and a .625 slug, Bobby Witt Jr. went 33/29 with a .575 slug, Nick Pratto went 36/12 with a .602 slug - all three split time at AA/AAA. Might not be a better trio in the high minors.
Bleacher Report recently released its list ranking the top 100 prospects in all of baseball, and Bobby Witt Jr. is at the very top! Three other Royals joined him in the article, speaking to how bright the organization's future may be. ↓
@STR0 Come to the royals king, we’re close and we got a shit ton on young talent ready to come up, lead by Bobby Witt jr. You would be the perfect guy to lead us. Oh and you get to throw to Salvy all year 😁
Three Royals prospects were named to BA’s minor-league all-star team: Bobby Witt Jr., Nick Pratto and MJ Melendez.
Altogether, they combined for: 110 HR, 298 RBI, 44 SB, 292 R, 209 XBH.
That. Will. Play. https://t.co/wtuiXFZBn5
Springdale, AR– On the 40th Anniversary of first Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year award, the publication has announced its most recent recipient of the honor, 2021 Naturals infielder and Kansas City Royals No. 1 prospect Bobby Witt Jr.
The Rays are a juggernaut. It feels like the Royals have never had somebody come up and hit the ground running. Hosmer did pretty well as a rookie, but they've never had a rookie Wander Franco impact. Maybe Bobby Witt Jr. will buck that trend. https://t.co/syvNbfwyU1
First career start for RHP Ándres Núñez!
Also a reminder: Bobby Witt Jr. is in Kansas City tonight to receive his George Brett Hitter of the Year Award. Angelo Castellano starts at shortstop for the first time since July 17 @ IND. https://t.co/aLFaiVwpNY
The Royals announced their minor-league players & pitchers of the year:
Triple-A: Jackson Kowar & Bobby Witt Jr.
Double-A: Jonathan Heasley & MJ Melendez
High-A: Anthony Veneziano & Vinnie Pasquantino
Low-A: Emilio Marquez & Maikel Garcia
AZL: Heribert Garcia, Guillermo Quintana
The #Royals announced their Minor League affiliates players/pitchers of the year today:
Triple-A: INF Bobby Witt Jr., RHP Jackson Kowar
Double-A: C MJ Melendez, RHP Jon Heasley
High-A: 1B Vinnie Pasquatino, LHP Anthony Veneziano
Low-A: SS Maikel Garcia, LHP Emilio Marquez
Take a listen to the incredible play-by-play call from Port Radio alumnus Jake Eisenberg!
Kansas City Royals prospect Bobby Witt Jr. lays out for the catch as a potential Play of the Year candidate.
#VikingsRising 🎙 https://t.co/nckvo1eCBP
Royals fans: “Call up Bobby Witt Jr.!”
Royals: “Kyle Isbel!”
Fans: “Yeah! Now Bobby Baseball!”
Royals: “Dylan Coleman!”
Fans: “Yeah! Now do Bobby!”
Royals: “Angel Zerpa!”
Fans: “…yeah! Now…never mind.”
Former @FIUBaseball commit and son of @CoachMelendez24 had an impressive season in MiLB.
Expected to be a big part of the @Royals future with Bobby Witt Jr. and Nick Pratto.
M.J is ranked 67th on the @MLBPipeline Top 100 list. https://t.co/2XomXQZRbc
Signing Taylor illustrates how much faith the Royals have in their young position players. With Bobby Witt Jr., Nick Pratto and M.J. Melendez big league-ready next season, they can afford to carry Taylor's bat so long as his excellent glove is in Kauffman Stadium's big outfield.
My Royals Roster Next Year:
C: MJ and Salvy
1B: Nick Pratto
2B: Nicky Lopez
3B: Adalberto Mondesi
SS: Bobby Witt Jr.
LF: Andrew Benintendi
CF: Michael A. Taylor
RF: Whit Merrifield
Anyone want two free tickets to the Omaha Storm Chasers game tonight at 7pm and Sunday at 3pm?
I only have 1 set I'm not using.
If you could get Bobby Witt Jr. to autograph baseball at the game for me you'd make my day😀. Not required though.
And the 2021 Prospect of the Year is ...
⭐️ Bobby Witt Jr. ⭐️
@keithlaw highlights the Royals shortstop prospect, as well as several other players who had outstanding seasons in the minor leagues ⤵️
So try this on for size Royals fans:
Defensive lineup next year:
C- Salvador Perez/MJ Melindez
1B- Nick Pratto
2B- Whit Merrifield
SS- Nicky Lopez/Bobby Witt Jr.
3B- Bobby Witt Jr.
LF- Andrew Benintendi/Hunter Dozier
CF- Adalberto Mondesi
RF- Edward Olivares/Hunter Dozier
Royals chairman and CEO John Sherman was asked by @mellinger why he'd go public with this today. Sherman said "it's hard not to." Said he gets asked more about this than "when is Bobby Witt Jr. getting called up?"
Nicky Lopez doubles in his first at bat for the #Royals tonight. Bobby Witt Jr. homers in his for the Storm Chasers. Neither event is particularly surprising. #MLB @OMAStormChasers #Twins #NickyLopez #BobbyWittJr
Bobby Witt Jr. hit in an inside the park homer in the first inning for Omaha, but the rest of the highlights on offense went to St. Paul as the Saints handed @OMAStormChasers a loss. https://t.co/2k75lg2hi9
Bobby Witt Jr. hit in an inside the park homer in the first inning for Omaha, but the rest of the highlights on offense went to St. Paul as the Saints handed @OMAStormChasers a loss. https://t.co/Iqfr0178zU
@bjcovers Royals Lineup with Mondesi healthy is solid af. Can’t wait to add Bobby Witt Jr. into this mix next year. Paired with the bright young pitching, this team is a contender next szn 🙏 https://t.co/rkeMl09uVX
Today will be the last game played against the White Sox this year, the Royals will see them next on March 1st, 2022 for Spring Training, where I'm guessing Bobby Witt Jr. and Nick Pratto will be in the same lineup that day, just a guess.
Bobby Witt Jr. on what he's learned the most about his game this season: "Really, I just don't have to do more than I am doing. ... That's the key thing I need to do is just not do more or do less, just be myself and keep things as simple as possible." #Royals https://t.co/lwdJlJLqji
Phys is glad the Royals can’t bring Bobby Witt Jr. up because he hated the massively expanded rosters. He also apparently hates puppies and good things happening to good people, as well as fun of any kind.
The Royals have more full-season minor league hitters in the top 25 for wRC+ (min. 350 PA) than any other organization.
163 Vinnie Pasquantino (4th)
161 Nick Pratto (5th)
160 MJ Melendez (7th)
146 Bobby Witt Jr. (25th)
With Nicky Lopez performing, Adalberto Mondesi (presumably) coming back, and Bobby Witt Jr. coming soon, the Royals have some tough decisions to make at shortstop. I dove into the Royals' dilemma and some potential ideas in my latest for @baseball_oth
Several items about the Royals in the latest episode. Bobby Witt Jr. needs to be called up Wednesday. People don’t understand a pitcher’s responsibility, including Brady Singer. Royals fans don’t need to be patient regardless of what Rex says.
Start your week with my latest podcast episode. It’s ok to cheer NFL cuts. A plane flew from Ames to Ohio State. The Royals better call up Bobby Witt Jr. What is a pitcher’s responsibility? And more!
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The latest podcast episode is available to everyone. It’s ok to cheer NFL cuts. A plane flew from Ames to Ohio State. The Royals better call up Bobby Witt Jr. What is a pitcher’s responsibility? And more!
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- Omaha's roster includes three of the top four HR hitters in @MiLB in MJ Melendez (33), Nick Pratto (28) & Bobby Witt Jr. (28)
- With 165 HR & 125 SB, the Storm Chasers are one of two teams in MiLB with 150+ HR & 100+ SB this season
Today's game notes: https://t.co/MkttLaymfX
I’ve been doing some thinking
I, too, want Bobby Witt Jr. to play shortstop for the Royals next season. I think he’ll end up at third base, though.
Lots of offseason shuffling could change that, but he has a clearer path to 3B IMO
If I’m Bobby Witt Jr. and the Royals don’t call me up by September 1, the little chance they had to sign me to a long-term contract would be gone. If they don’t call up Witt, the Royals are playing the service time game they claim they don’t play. #Royals
Royals have a future star in Bobby Witt Jr. Incredible season. Both Witt & Nick Pratto look like future cornerstones. Let them continue to destroy AAA pitching prior to 2022 debuts.
Royals just need their young arms to figure it out at the Big League level.
I’ve always said Alex Gordon is the best prospect the Royals have ever had, though I think looking back Carlos Beltran deserves to be a part of that conversation as well. Bobby Witt Jr. is giving them both a run for their money. https://t.co/gc74oZhHnt
Bobby Witt Jr. went 3-for-5 with 2 doubles and a HR tonight. He's hitting .297/.364/.591 with 27 HR and 21 SB in just 93 games in his first full pro season, as a plus defensive SS who is barely 21, and it's time we ask: is he, right now, the best Royals prospect ever?
Game 1 final (8 innings): Omaha Storm Chasers 8, Iowa Cubs 6. Bobby Witt Jr. crushed a 3-run homer (he's good). Alfonso Rivas extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Nick Martini went 2-for-4. Game 2 in about 30 minutes.
The Iowa Cubs will return to Principal Park tonight to begin a homestand with the Omaha Storm Chasers. The Storm Chasers will bring with them Bobby Witt Jr. https://t.co/hZBqd6hfDs ranks him the third-best prospect in all of baseball.
MJ Melendez was called up to the Omaha Storm Chasers two weeks ago, joining other top Royals prospects Bobby Witt Jr. and Nick Pratto. Melendez is one of the top home run hitters in the minors. https://t.co/gx7cbYtQfw
Unless the Royals bring someone else into the fold, this team’s best lineup in 2022 has Bobby Witt Jr. playing 3B on Opening Day. What does that mean for everyone else? Where does Kyle Isbel fit in? 👇🏼 https://t.co/ZrVbSJOJGy
Royals fans really think Bobby Witt Jr. is going to ride in on a white stallion and save their franchise like Mahomes did with the Chiefs. Here's the problem: Mahomes had stars all around him, while the Royals don't have donkey dick.
Long term prediction here. I predict Bobby Witt Jr. will post at least one 5+ WAR season while inking a 200+ million extension before the end of 2025. I’m really confident on the first part, less on the second but imma stand by it. #royals
No teaser at the top. The Royals #1 prospect is overwhelmingly Bobby Witt Jr.
But how high are bounce-back prospects MJ Melendez & Nick Pratto? Or the surprise 1st round pick Frank Mozzicato?
KC's strong system is on display in our midseason Top 30.
What does the Royals' farm system look like at the third base spot? Assuming Bobby Witt Jr. doesn't take that role, who could? @Jedwards_radio takes a look around and makes his pick for a possible long-term replacement for Hunter Dozier. ⬇️
Now that Wander & Kelenic have graduated, the top four in the @BaseballAmerica Top 100 Prospects are
Adley Rutschman, C, Orioles
Julio Rodriguez, OF, Mariners
Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Royals
Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Tigers
Which do you *most* want to be rostering in dynasty leagues?
At this point, it's hard to be more excited about what Bobby Witt Jr. will one day bring to Kansas City.
He's one of our headliners in today's prospect report.
If Bobby Witt Jr. doesn't end up at third base long-term, do the Royals have a potential Hunter Dozier replacement currently in the farm system? @Jedwards_radio takes a look. ⬇️
Over the weekend, Bobby Witt Jr. became the first KC minor-leaguer with 20 steals and 20 homers since Alex Gordon in 2006!
Royals GM Dayton Moore believes he is "perhaps the best player in minor league baseball right now" https://t.co/3N8xPivGog
“The Skinny: It's been a great year for Royals farmhands, largely bolstered by a revamped hitting development system that has seen 1B Nick Pratto, C M.J. Melendez and others break out to join uber-prospect SS Bobby Witt Jr.” https://t.co/XwmlmzI3Bk
Over on @royalsreview, I look at the sometimes interesting #Royals and their decision on Bobby Witt Jr., where everyone could fit defensively next year, including MJ Melendez, and Benintendi's issues since coming back from the rib injury.