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Bobby Witt Jr.

Born: 06/14/2000 (Age: 18)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 200
Primary Position: SS
Bobby Witt Jr. stands right around his list height and weight of 6'1" and 185 pounds, and could comfortably put on an extra 15 pounds. Witt is an elite athlete with quick twitch explosiveness and is an instinctual mover. Witt is consistently loose and flexible in his movements and motions with innate ability to improvise his actions when throwing or swinging in an off balance manner.
Evaluator Kevin Carter
Report Date 05/18/2019
Dates Seen 4/23/2019, 4/26/2019
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MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2022 High 60 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 45 Premium barrel acceleration with solid coordination. Quality feel for barrel. Already adjusts swing to location and can adjust mid-swing when fooled by off-speed. Likes to get extended on fastballs and currently can get beat up and in. Aggressive approach, wants to hit.
Power 50 Plus raw power with plus barrel velocity generated by twitchy strength in hips and wrists. Quick hands. Likes to get extended and gets on plane well which means he taps into most of his raw power. Game power will likely be limited by contact.
Baserunning/Speed 60 Plus sprint speed and acceleration. Plays well on basepaths and when ranging to the gap at SS.
Glove 60 Good actions at SS with quality hands. Quickness and foot speed both play well when ranging to right or left. Good instincts and will likely be plus with consistent reps.
Arm 60 Plus arm strength and consistent footwork on throws. Knows when to put something extra on throws.

Bobby Witt Jr. is a top tier athlete with flexible and explosive movements and excellent body control to go along with plus raw power and excellent defensive tools that should allow him to profile as an everyday SS at the MLB level.

Witt Jr. combines plus bat speed with feel for barrel and a longer swing to generate hard contact around and over the diamond. Contact is often loud and he already shows flashes of adjusting swing to location. Witt can get fooled at times and the swing length adds some swing and miss. Witt's raw power is evident and is generated by explosive hips and wrists from an athletic frame. He's a plus runner with plus hands, a plus arm, and quality defensive instincts that should allow him to become a plus defensive SS with consistent reps.

Witt's swing-and-miss potential due to pitch recognition and a longer swing does create some risk that Witt will not hit enough to profile as an everyday starter, which may limit him to a defense-first utility role. On the other end, Witt's excellent athletic abilities, defensive profile, and raw strength give him a very high ceiling if he can improve his hit tool beyond his current projection.

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