Oklahoma baseball signee Bobby Witt Jr. was named a top three contender for the 2019 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year award, the Gatorade Player of the Year program announced Wednesday.
Past recipients of “the most prestigious award in high school sports,” per the program’s press release, have combined for 23 first round draft picks and 40 MLB All-Star appearances.
The senior shortstop at Colleyville Heritage High School in Texas announced his commitment to Oklahoma in June 2017, but is a projected top five pick in the upcoming MLB Draft. Witt heads Skip Johnson’s second recruiting class at OU, which ranks No. 18 in the nation by Perfect Game.
Witt’s Panthers are expected to play a best-of-three series against Amarillo High School Thursday-Friday in the UIL 5A Region I semi-final at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman
The Sooners, meanwhile, are on the brink of elimination in the Big 12 Tournament having dropped their opening round game against Baylor on Wednesday. The Sooners will play TCU at 12:30 on Thursday, May 23.