When it comes to the 2019 MLB Draft, the first name people probably think of is Adley Rutschman. And for good reason, he was the number 1 pick after all. While Rutschman certainly casts a large shadow, it’d be a mistake to overlook the 2nd player taken off the board that year. Bobby Witt Jr. was ranked as the second-best player in the draft and was drafted by the Royals 1 pick after the Orioles committed to Rutschman. Soon after, Witt Jr. shattered the Royal’s franchise signing bonus record by hauling in a jaw-dropping $7,789,900.
Just like Rutschman’s debut season, Witt Jr.’s was a bit lackluster. In 164 ABs in the 2019 Arizona league, the young shortstop only connected for 1 home run while putting up a .262 batting average. On the brighter side, Witt Jr. did show his prowess on the basepaths by swiping 9 bags while only being caught once. On the even brighter side, the so-so performance made no impact on the scouts a Witt Jr. has surged to 7th on MLB’s Topp 100 Prospects list. Safe to say the following Bobby Witt Jr. rookie card options will be hot commodities in 2021!
Speaking of Adley Rutschman….
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Top 3 Bobby Witt Jr. Rookie Card Early Releases
2020 Bowman Chrome (Buy on eBay)
Let’s be clear, this is THE Bobby Witt Jr. rookie card to own. Whether you’re looking for a modest investment or craving a BIG move, the 2020 Bowman Chrome set has you covered. For instance, the base card with an autograph will only set you back a couple of hundred bucks. If you want more skin in the game seeks out a BGS or PSA graded version of one of the rarer refractors such as the Gold shown above. And if you’re looking to go “all in” find a rare refractor with an autograph. Just be prepared to have a few thousand to spend!
2020 Donruss Optic (Buy on eBay)
A card that shows off Witt’s batting stance that features the classic Donruss “Rated Prospect” logo in the top left corner. If you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg for an autographed combined with a rare parallel, look no further. For example, the autographed Black Optic shown here can be purchased for just a couple of hundred bucks as a BGS 9.5. We’ll take that deal ALL DAY LONG!
2020 Bowman Sterling (Buy on eBay)
If you’re looking for a Bobby Witt Jr. rookie card with the brand power of Bowman without the prices that are associated with the Chrome collection, Sterling has you covered. The card features Witt Jr. leaving the batter’s box after lacing a single to opposite field. While we may be making some assumptions about what happened before the picture was taken, we’re certainly not assuming anything about how far your dollar goes here. Plenty of autograph and refractor options for well under $200.
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Bobby Witt Jr. Rookie Card Investment Strategy
Short (1 year or less)
A lot will ride on what Witt Jr. does with the bat in the minors. With Witt Jr.’s plus raw power and an excellent ability to square up the ball, he’s certainly capable of just that. We’re expecting big improvement over his 2019 season. If that happens you’ll be in great shape by the end of the season. 8/10
Medium (1 to 3 years)
With an expected arrival in Major League Baseball in 2022, you should see a nice run-up in Bobby Witt Jr. rookie card values as the call-up approaches. The question is whether to hold and see what he does in the big leagues or sell with hopefully some nice profits. While it’s hard to say what the correct answer is, a lot will weigh on well he’s performed over the next couple of seasons. 8/10
Long (3 years plus)
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