Bobby Witt Jr. Pumps 94-95, Mateo Gil Hits a 3-Run HR

Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

EATON, TX - The first three weeks of the Texas High School Baseball season present an opportunity to cover teams from across the state competing in multiple tournaments. The UIL rules allow teams to play six games in three days, which gives recruiters and evaluators the chance to see a number of players in a short amount of time. Included in today’s North Texas Scout Blog are notes on several highly ranked players from three different grad classes.



Bobby Witt Jr., SS/RHP, Colleyville Heritage HS, 2019
Oklahoma commit. The No. 1 player in the Texas 2019 Class was all over the field on Saturday in a Power 25 matchup with Flower Mound HS. Witt Jr. made a highlight-reel diving catch on a hard liner to his backhand side, taking one quick crossover step then elevating into a full extension dive parallel with the ground to snag the liner in mid-air. In the 6th inning, he fielded a hard ground ball on a hit-and-run attempt, instead of trying to force the ball to second base, Witt spun and threw a bullet to first base, just beating the runner to record a huge out for Colleyville. With the Panthers up 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Witt jumped on the mound to close the game. Working from a high-¾ slot with a loose-quick arm stroke, the right-hander pumped 91-95 mph with his fastball with tilt and angle. The junior only needed a handful of pitches to execute a 1-2-3 inning. His slider was sharp with 11/5 5 rotation and hard, late bite at 79-81 mph.

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