It’s no secret: The KC Royals have not been good for the past few seasons. After winning the World Series in 2015 and coming back down to earth the following two seasons, 2018 and 2019 were hard to watch. A 104-loss 2018 campaign did lead to a top pick in the MLB Draft, though, and last year’s record does the same. The pick last season? Bobby Witt Jr.
The son of a former major-leaguer, Witt entered the draft as a five-tool prospect. Scouts held him in high regard due to his terrific defense, good speed, immense raw power and an elite high school profile and resume.