MLB Top 3 Overall Prospect To Get Chance To Stick In Majors

The Kansas City Royals have stated outright that they plan to give the No. 2 pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, and now a Top 3 overall prospect in all of baseball, Bobby Witt Jr., a real opportunity to be on the Opening Day roster... whenever that may be. 

Royals president of baseball operations Dayton Moore told The Kansas City Star“He’s very talented and we’re going to give him that opportunity."

Witt is not currently on the Royals' 40-man roster, so as a minor leaguer, he's able to use the team's training facilities in Florida, and Moore is actually allowed to talk about him. 

In fact, the service time issue—and whether or not clubs call up their top prospects to begin a season, or hold them down to secure an extra year of control—has been one of the collective bargaining issues the owners and the players union are battling over.

Bobby Witt Jr.: A 5-tool prospect

Whether or not Moore's comments are just a PR stunt to win some favor remains to be seen. But Witt is more than capable of getting a big league shot. He's a 5-tool elite prospect, with power, speed and defense, and he's been labeled the Royals' shortstop of the future. 

"I'm super excited to see what's going to happen...  “I think that I prepared myself as much as I can to be ready to play in the big leagues”

In his first minor league season in 2021, the 21-year-old Witt hit .290 with a .937 OPS, popped 33 home runs and stole 29 bases across Double-A and Triple-A. 

His father, Bobby Witt, pitched 16 years in the big leagues.

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