Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (23) has been ‘officially’ named one of the best shortstops in the Major League (MLB).메이저사이트
According to MLB.com, Bobby Witt Jr. started as the second batter in an away game against the Oakland Athletics today (22nd) and recorded a solo home run in the 6th inning. It was his 25th home run of the season.
With this, Witt recorded ’25 home runs-37 stolen bases’ this season. Including Witt, there are only five shortstops in MLB with 25 or more home runs and 35 or more stolen bases. Most recently, Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins recorded 25 home runs and 35 stolen bases two years in a row from 2007 to 2008.
The other three players who set this record are shortstops who also left their mark in the league. Jimmy Rollins (2006-2007, Philadelphia Phillies), Alex Rodriguez (1998, Seattle Mariners), and Barry Larkin (1996, Cincinnati Reds) hold the record.
Witt, who debuted in the big leagues last season, recorded 20 homers and 30 steals and joined the ’20 Home Run-20 Steal Club’. Witt became the fifth rookie in MLB history to hit 20 home runs and steal 30 bases.
Witt, who was drafted by Kansas City with the second overall pick in the first round of the 2019 draft, has been seen as a hope for the rebuilding Kansas City. And he has grown up according to such expectations, and has been playing as the main axis of the team since last year. According to the current trend, it seems possible to join the ’30-30 club’ in the second year of his debut.
Kansas City is in last place in the Central Division of the American League (AL) with 40 wins and 87 losses this season, but Witt’s presence is a great comfort.
Witt said, “I’m not worried about what’s going to happen today, I’m trying to learn from what happened today.”