Royals Sign First-Round Selection Bobby Witt Jr.


Courtesy of the Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, MO (June 12, 2019) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have agreed to terms with shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., the club’s first-round pick (2nd overall) in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Witt Jr., who will turn 19 years old on Friday, is the son of right-handed pitcher Bobby Witt, who played 16 seasons with seven different teams in the Majors from 1986-2001, and was the third overall pick by Texas in the 1985 Draft. The Witts are the ninth father-son duo selected in the first round and the first to be selected within the first three picks. They pass Tom Grieve (6th overall in 1968) and Ben Grieve (2nd overall in 1994) as the highest-drafted father-son duo.

Witt Jr. hit .500 (63-for-126) this season with 37 extra-base hits in 38 games, including 15 home runs and 44 RBI, recording a .575 on-base pct. and 1.095 slugging pct. He also had eight triples and 16 stolen bases. Last month, he was named the Gatorade National High School Baseball Player of the year, which recognizes the most elite high school student-athlete in the country. On Saturday, Witt Jr. led Colleyville Heritage High School (Texas) to the school’s first UIL (University Interscholastic League) state title with a 14-2 win over Georgetown.

He is the third player chosen second overall in Royals history, joining Alex Gordon (2005) and Mike Moustakas (2007).

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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