COLLEYVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Colleyville Heritage High School’s Bobby Witt, Jr. was the second overall pick in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft Monday night.
He was picked by the Kansas City Royals.
Witt, Jr., who turns 19 next Friday, is the son of former Texas Rangers pitcher Bobby Witt.
Witt, Jr. is the top-ranked high school prospect in the nation.
“He’s a normal kid with extraordinary talent. He’s an awesome kid and very deserving of everything he gets,” Colleyville Heritage High baseball coach Alan McDougal said recently.
The younger Witt has draft-day bragging rights on his father, who won 142 games over 16 seasons in the majors after being selected No. 3 overall in 1985.
The Witts became the highest-drafted father-son duo, topping Tom Grieve (No. 6, 1966) and Ben Grieve (No. 2, 1994).
The Witts are the seventh father-son combination of first-rounders, and first since Delino DeShields (1987) and Delino DeShields Jr. (2010).
CBS 11 Sportscaster Bill Jones pointed out on Twitter, seven of the top 21 draft picks have a Texas connection:
7 of top 21 picks #Texas
2) KC-Bobby Witt Jr, SS, Colleyville
7) CIN-Nick Lodolo, P, TCU
8) TEX-Josh Jung, 3B, Tech
9) ATL-Shea Langeliers, C, Baylor (Keller HS)
12) NYM-Brett Baty, 3B, Lake Travis
17) WAS–Jackson Rutledge,P, San Jac
21) ATL-Braden Shewmake, SS, A&M (Wylie East)