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Royals' Bobby Witt: First career multi-homer game

Witt went 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs, a double, four RBI and a walk in Tuesday's 12-11 extra-innings win over the Angels. Normally, a two-homer game from a big-name rookie would be the headline, but Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani put on an ever bigger show with a pair of long balls and eight RBI. Nonetheless, this was one of the best games of Witt's young career, and it ended a seven-game homer drought. The 22-year-old rookie is up to 10 homers, 36 RBI, 38 runs scored, 10 stolen bases and 16 doubles through 65 contests while adding a .243/.288/.458 slash line.
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Extend Bobby Witt while the Royals can afford it

Bobby Witt Jr. is really good at baseball, and he just turned 22 years old. If the Royals don't move now to lock him up for a longer term, the opportunity will pass. We have two recent young shortstops who have signed deals that show this very explicitly, so it is time for the Royals to act.
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Royals' Bobby Witt: Homers in three-hit effort

Witt went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Sunday's 10-7 loss to the Orioles. Witt went deep in the seventh inning off Orioles reliever Keegan Akin. An off day Saturday did nothing to stall Witt's burgeoning hot streak -- he's 10-for-17 (.588) in his last five games, including three extra-base hits. He's lifted his season slash line to .244/.291/.456 with eight homers, 30 RBI, 34 runs scored, 10 stolen bases, 14 doubles and four triples through 57 contests.
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Royals' Bobby Witt: Sitting out Saturday

Witt is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles. Witt tallied two hits in each of his last three games, but manager Mike Matheny decided it was time to give him his first day off of the month. Nicky Lopez will man the shortstop position in Witt's place.
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Royals' Bobby Witt: Nabs two thefts

Witt went 2-for-3 with a double, a run, an RBI and two steals in Thursday's 7-5 win over Baltimore. Witt registered his second straight multi-hit contest, and he maximized his two base knocks by swiping second base on two occasions. The pair of thefts lifted his season total to 10, making him one of 14 major-leaguers to reach that mark thus far. Witt has been outshone among AL rookies by Julio Rodriguez and Jeremy Pena, but he's nonetheless displayed a nice combo of power and speed with seven homers and 28 RBI to complement his steals total.
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Royals' Bobby Witt: On base three times Wednesday

Witt went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored in Wednesday's 8-4 win over the Blue Jays. Witt had gone 2-for-33 in nine games since his previous multi-hit effort before snapping the skid Wednesday. The infielder has shown some flashes in his first big-league campaign, but his .221/.269/.417 slash line isn't all that impressive. He's added seven home runs, eight stolen bases, 28 RBI and 29 runs scored through 291 plate appearances.
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Royals' Bobby Witt: Posts eighth steal

Witt went 1-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's 6-0 win over the Astros. Witt got aboard with an RBI single and stole second before scoring on a Salvador Perez double in the eighth inning. This was Witt's first steal since May 27, and he's now 8-for-10 on the basepaths this year. The rookie infielder has hit safely in each of the last two games after ending an 0-for-14 skid. He's at a .228/.269/.439 slash line with seven home runs, 28 RBI, 25 runs scored, three triples and 13 doubles through 201 plate appearances.
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Royals' Bobby Witt: Accounts for only runs in loss

Witt went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Friday's 10-3 loss to the Astros. Witt went yard in the sixth inning, accounting for the only runs the Royals mustered against Astros starter Jose Urquidy. Prior to Friday, Witt had gone 0-for-14 in his last four contests, so it's positive to see him break the slump in a big way, even if it had little impact on the game. The 21-year-old is slashing .227/.269/.443 with seven homers, 27 RBI, 24 runs scored, seven stolen bases, 13 doubles and three triples in 197 plate appearances, but he's also striking out at a 25.4 percent clip while walking at just a 4.1 percent rate.
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Royals' Bobby Witt: Three doubles, two RBI in win

Witt went 3-for-5 with three doubles, two RBI and a run in Saturday's win over the Twins. Witt notched an RBI double in the first inning and another one in the third frame before later adding a third double in the seventh. The three-hit effort was his second straight and he has produced multiple hits three times in his last five contests. Over that stretch, Witt has batted .435 with six extra-base hits including two homers, eight RBI, five runs and a stolen base. The rookie seems to rounding into form as the calendar turns to June.
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Royals' Bobby Witt: Hits fifth homer

Witt went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in a loss to Arizona on Monday. After Whit Merrifield led off the game with a home run, Witt followed two batters later with a solo blast of his own. The long ball was his fourth over his past 10 games. Over that span, Witt is batting .257 with five RBI, seven runs and a stolen base.
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Royals' Bobby Witt: Swipes bag in loss

Witt went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly, a walk and a stolen base in Friday's 6-4 loss to the Twins. Witt's lone RBI of the game came in the first inning. He had hit safely in seven of the previous eight games entering Friday. The 21-year-old is at a .221/.267/.400 slash line with four home runs, 16 RBI, 18 runs scored and six stolen bases through 150 plate appearances this season. Witt's seen more time at his natural shortstop position lately as part of the ripple effect of Michael Taylor (illness) being out, but he might have to compete with the hot-hitting Emmanuel Rivera at third base once Taylor's healthy again.
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MJ Melendez, Bobby Witt homer as youth movement powers Kansas City Royals to win

Kansas City Royals rookie catcher MJ Melendez singled and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on fellow rookie Emmanuel Rivera’s RBI triple. Then, for good measure, Melendez tacked on a couple insurance runs late with his second major-league home run to help secure a series-tying victory and set up a rubber match.
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Royals' Bobby Witt: Swats solo homer

Witt went 2-for-4 with a solo home run -- his fourth of the season -- in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the White Sox. The rookie delivered a modest .558 OPS in April, but he's begun to resemble the elite prospect he was billed as through the Royals' first 17 games of May. Over that three-week stretch, Witt is slashing .233/.292/.517 while providing all four of his home runs this month. He'll hit out of the No. 3 spot for the third game in a row in Thursday's series finale, with his ascension into a prominent spot in the lineup coinciding with Salvador Perez's (thumb) placement on the injured list.
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Royals' Bobby Witt: Homers in Saturday's loss

Witt went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 10-4 loss to the Rockies. Witt is only 3-for-18 across his last four games, but all three of those hits have gone for extra bases. He's added six RBI and three runs scored despite striking out six times in that span. The 21-year-old is slashing .212/.238/.347 with two homers, five stolen bases, 13 RBI and 13 runs scored through 30 contests.
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Royals' Bobby Witt: Plates three in win

Witt went 1-for-5 with a double and three RBI in Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Rangers. Hitting leadoff for the third straight game, Witt was able to snap a five-game run without an RBI. He knocked in a pair with a fifth-inning double and added another on a fielder's choice in the seventh. With Adalberto Mondesi (knee) out for the year, Witt's seen a little more time at shortstop, but third base remains his primary position. The 21-year-old is slashing .219/.248/.324 with a home run, 10 RBI, 10 runs scored and five stolen bases through 109 plate appearances this season.
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Royals' Bobby Witt: Records fifth steal

Witt went 1-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored in Monday's 6-1 loss to the Orioles. Witt hit leadoff for the second time in three games, and he may get a longer look in that spot with Edward Olivares (quadriceps) on the injured list. Witt opened the game with a single, stole second with two outs and then scored on a Ryan O'Hearn single. Through seven games in May, Witt is 6-for-22 (.272), cooling down slightly after ending April with hits in nine straight contests. Overall, the top prospect is slashing .229/.260/.333 with a home run, five steals, seven RBI and 10 runs scored across his first 100 major-league plate appearances.
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Royals' Bobby Witt: First big-league blast

Witt went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored, two RBI and a walk in a 7-1 win Tuesday over St. Louis. Witt went yard off Dakota Hudson in the second inning for his first major-league home run. After walking in the sixth, he drove in a run on a single and came around to score in the five-run seventh. The 21-year-old has an 11-game hitting streak, compiling a .341/.386/.488 batting line and three stolen bases in that span. He seems to be finding his way at the big-league level.