In case baseball fans needed a reminder: Bobby Witt Jr. of the Kansas City Royals is truly growing into something special.
In the bottom half of the fifth inning of Monday’s home game against the Seattle Mariners, Witt Jr. hit a line drive to right field that outfielder Dominic Canzone appeared to have lost in the lights. The ball rolled all the way to the wall, and Witt Jr. sprinted his way home for a (rare) inside-the-park home run.
As noted by the Royals’ official X (formerly known as Twitter) account, Witt Jr.’s inside-the-park homer clocked in at 14.3 seconds, the fastest in the majors since 2017.
The Royals took a 5-0 lead to the eighth inning, but the Mariners plated six over the next two innings to take a 6-5 lead. Kansas City fought back with two runs in the bottom half of the ninth, walking it off with a Dairon Blanco bunt single that scored Samad Taylor.
2023 has been a frustrating year for a rebuilding Royals team that enters play on Wednesday with a woeful 39-82 record, but Witt Jr.’s strong play has definitely served as a bright spot. The second-generation ballplayer has hit 23 homers with 76 RBI, a batting average of .277 and a superb wins-above-replacement of 3.8.
Kansas City will host Seattle for two more games before they travel to Chicago for a three-game weekend series against the Cubs.
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