Really got it all
It is very easy to overdo it by romanticizing the sensory experience of watching a baseball game. The smell of grass, the roar of the crowd, the creak of the bat. But let me tell you, the snap of Bobby Witt Jr.’s bat on Monday afternoon was something special.
Witt, the son of a 16-year MLB veteran and the second pick in the 2019 draft, is one of the best prospects in baseball. (MLB.com ranks it in seventh place, while Baseball prospect has it at n. 9.) The 20-year-old shortstop drew attention with his game at the Royals’ alternate training site last summer and won an invitation to Major League Baseball camp this spring, where he had six hits in 17 at-bats.
Two of those hits were home runs, and one of them, by Athletics pitcher Yusmeiro Petit, was longest home run by a Royals player since MLB’s advanced Statcast system began tracking batting data in 2015. He traveled 484 feet.
But it didn’t take an expensive battery of cameras and radar devices to know that Witt gave his best. Just listen. I’ll leave three videos below, because it sounds equally beautiful from every angle.
That is the Platonic ideal of a bat-to-ball sound. It hit him so cleanly it must have felt like it went through him.
Royals manager Mike Matheny was hesitant to give the youngster too much credit.
“Everything was wind” Matheny joked with reporters. “That’s what I told Bobby.”
Witt really seems like the complete package. After a bad play in the outfield during a game last week, he rounded the bases in less than 15 seconds.
He is I expected to play in the upper echelons of the minors this season, but it shouldn’t be long before we see him in the majors.
The best of you
Dak Prescott finally got what he wanted from the Cowboys. … In his first year in Philadelphia, Daryl Morey believes the Sixers have what it takes to win the title. … Three pitchers who could be hugely successful in 2021.
For the world of sports
Nationals won’t say why made the surprising decision to release reliever Jeremy Jeffress, it’s just not related to baseball. … Fox has reported presented the concept of a courtroom-style Skip Bayless show. … Dave Roberts is speak out against racist attacks on Asian Americans. … Bob Stoops is replacing Urban Meyer on Fox’s college football pregame show. … UEFA proposes changes to the Champions League structure that rewards teams for past performance.
Dak Prescott celebrates his new deal with his brother
Oral Roberts received a warning when the bell rang to beat South Dakota state in the Summit League semifinals
The 17-11 Sun Belt champions are likely a No. 16 seed, which lines them up to possibly face … Michigan
Chase Young bought new cars for his parents
Impressive individual effort from Brock Boeser and even better savings from Carey Price
I thought spring training was a time to improve, not voluntarily overwork.
Steph’s great quote
An englishman who escaped from prison in November was captured after venturing into town to buy Obligations. … This species of sea slug decapitates itself and then grows a new body.
How is this real?
There are too many birds
A good song
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.