Witt, the son of a former major league pitcher, earned his Opening Day spot on the field.
He hit .406 with a .441 OBP and a 1.222 OPS in 32 spring training at-bats, in which he scored 11 runs, hit three homers and drove in eight more runs, with two stolen bases for good measure.
Manager Mike Matheny gave him the news in his office, and it was a very touching moment, as told by Royals insider Josh Vernier.
“Bobby Witt Jr. was called in Mike Matheny’s office. He found Whit Merrifield, Andrew Benintendi and Salvador Perez waiting to welcome him to the big leagues. ‘Tears came to my eyes,’ the Royals 3B said. #Royals,” Vernier tweeted.
Bobby Witt Jr. was called in Mike Matheny’s office. He found Whit Merrifield, Andrew Benintendi and Salvador Perez waiting to welcome him to the big leagues.
“Tears came to my eyes,” the Royals 3B said. #Royals
— Josh Vernier (@JoshVernier610) April 5, 2022
Witt Will Be The Royals’ Starting Third Baseman In 2022
Witt is not just a part of the Royals’ future: he is the Royals’ future.
Last season, between Double-A and Triple-A, he hit 33 round-trippers and stole 29 bags, completing one of the most impressive seasons in the minor leagues.
He opened the year at Double-A, which wasn’t much of a challenge for him: he hit .295/.369/.570 there.
He earned a promotion to Triple-A, where he slashed .285/.352/.581.
If he had something else to prove before earning a big league roster spot, he did in 2022 spring training.
He is more than ready for primetime, and the Royals hope he can send them to the postseason some time in the next few years.