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Top prospect Bobby Witt Jr. opening season with Royals

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Jul 21, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt (90) gets ready to defend against the Houston Astros at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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Third baseman Bobby Witt Jr., the No. 1-ranked prospect in Major League Baseball, was named to the Kansas City Royals’ Opening Day roster on Tuesday.

Drafted second overall by the Royals in 2019, the 21-year-old Witt will make his MLB debut when Kansas City hosts the Cleveland Guardians on Thursday afternoon.

Witt, whose father by the same name pitched for 16 seasons with seven teams from 1986-2001, was batting .406 with three homers and eight RBIs through 12 games this spring.

Witt was called into manager Mike Matheny’s office on Tuesday morning and found teammates Whit Merrifield, Andrew Benintendi and Salvador Perez waiting for him, with Merrifield videotaping the moment he got the news.

“That’s when I knew something was up,” Witt said, per MLB.com. “It was awesome. I can’t put words to the feeling. Tears came to my eyes.”

Witt posted a .290/.361/.576 slash line with 33 home runs, 97 RBIs and 29 stolen bases in 124 games in 2021 with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha.

–Field Level Media