Witt skips OU, signs with Royals
Bobby Witt Jr. told a group of reporters that he’d hardly been sleeping lately, after winning a high school state championship and being selected by the Kansas City Royals in two weeks’ time.
Lack of sleep hasn’t affected his dreams, though.
“I’ve been dreaming about this, and I’m still dreaming about it,” Witt said. “Dreams are starting to become reality.”
Witt rarely relinquished an ear-to-ear smile while being introduced as the Royals’ newest farm system star Thursday. He was picked No. 2 overall in the recent Major League Baseball Draft and won’t attend the University of Oklahoma, which had long been obvious.
He is literally worth millions to Kansas City.
Multiple outlets reported that Witt received the pick’s full slot value — a $7,789,900 payday. According to MLB Network’s Jim Callis it’s the second-highest MLB bonus ever, second only to pitcher Gerrit Cole, who signed with the Pirates for $8 million as the 2011 top overall pick.
In 41 games this spring, Witt batted .489 with 55 RBIs and 15 home runs for Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High School. The Sooners would have loved to see him in a college uniform like his dad, Bobby Witt Sr., who pitched at OU and was chosen No. 3 overall in the 1985 draft before a 16-year pro career.
Connors’ Mendham an All-American
Connors State infielder David Mendham made the NJCAA second team All-American squad, coach Perry Keith announced.
Mendham hit a team-high .422 in 223 at-bats. His 85 RBIs was also a team best. He was second in home runs with 14. He helped the Cowboys reach the NJCAA World Series this season.
Ex-CSC player gets call to Jays
Former Connors State pitcher Jordan Romano, who later pitched at Oral Roberts, was called up to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.
The 10th round pick of the Blue Jays in the 2014 MLB draft and a native of Ontario spent the start of the 2018 season with the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats of the Eastern League, where he was 8-0 with a 2.04 ERA.
He went to Triple-A Buffalo, where after he was plucked by the Chicago White Sox in the December Rule 5 draft then traded to the Texas Rangers, was returned to the Jays and sent back to Buffalo until Wednesday.