The KC Royals will have to start checking their rosters and looking towards the future. One prospect is a no brainer to keep around.
It’s the time of the year in baseball where rosters will start to change a bit. Even for teams like the KC Royals who may not make a lot of moves in free agency, moving players onto and off the roster is inevitable.
Not only is it important to open up space for the possibility of new incoming players, but teams will want to protect certain players that are eligible for the Rule 5 draft. While the Royals may not have a large number of prospects they feel need protection, there are a few that are going to need some spots.
Mike Gillespie recently provided an excellent update on some possible roster moves that fans could see soon.
With this in mind, one might assume that if a player is considered to be untouchable, it’s going to be either a big name trade target, such as Whit Merrifield, or one of these higher ranked prospects that are available for the Rule 5 draft.
According to mlb.com, though, that’s not the case. They list the Royals untouchable player as none other than top prospect Bobby Witt Jr.
This likely isn’t too much of a surprise to many who have a lot of stock in Witt, but it still could come off a little strange as there has been no talk of moving Witt anywhere other than the major leagues.
Still, this brings into focus an important fact, Bobby Witt Jr. is seen by not only Royals fans, but also those around baseball as the future of the KC Royals.
Witt is currently ranked as the Royal’s top prospect and is number 8 in baseball’s top 100 according to the MLB prospect list.
Though Witt has only played 37 minor league games with the Royals, the buzz surrounding the 20-year-old shortstop hasn’t stopped. His name could even be seen being mentioned during the 2020 season when Adalberto Mondesi was struggling to get things going,.
Witt impressed at the alternate training site and a piece from mlb.com concerning top performers at alternate sites had this to report about the young prospect.
The 2019 Draft’s No. 2 overall pick looked like he belonged in big league camp during the Spring and even more so in Royals Summer Camp, where he made several spectacular plays at both shortstop and third base while also showcasing an advanced bat with power to all fields. Royals officials are very impressed with how well the 20-year-old has played around older players at the team’s alternate site in Kansas City and are quick to note that Witt Jr. does something to excite them on a daily basis. mlb.com
So, while it may be strange to see a player who isn’t thought to be moving, or in need of protection from the Rule 5 listed as the untouchable player for the Royals, it makes sense seeing his importance to the team.
There are plenty of bright spots in the Royal’s minor leagues, but it’s obvious that the future in Kansas City runs around the untouchable Bobby Witt Jr.
Bobby Witt Jr. is said to be Kansas City’s most untouchable player. While he may still have a few years before hs in the majors, he has already made a name for himself in the baseball community.