Royals' top prospect hits 484-foot homer, impresses new owner Patrick Mahomes

March 9 (UPI) -- Even Patrick Mahomes was impressed by a recent home run hit by Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. in spring training. The NFL star -- and Royals minority owner -- celebrated the longball on Twitter.

Witt's 484-foot blast came in the fourth inning of the Royals' 10-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday in Surprise, Ariz.


The Royals led 5-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning. Nicky Lopez brought in a sixth run with an RBI groundout. Whit Merrifield followed with an RBI double to left field. Witt then stepped into the box to face Athletics pitcher Yusmeiro Petit.

The star prospect proceeded to smash a Petit offering very deep to left field. The blast easily cleared the outfield fence, in addition to a small hill on the other side of the wall.

Mahomes tweeted three rocket ship emojis and Witt's Twitter handle -- along with a video of the homer -- Monday on Twitter.


Witt's blast traveled 109 mph as it left the field, according to Statcast.

Salvador Perez hit another home run for the Royals two at-bats after Witt's wallop. The Athletics scored the final two runs of the game on a Francisco Pena two-run homer in the top of the sixth frame.

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Witt -- the Royals' top prospect and the No. 7 prospect in baseball -- went 1 for 2 in the victory. He is now hitting .353 with two home runs and six RBIs this spring.

The 20-year-old infielder was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. He has yet to make his MLB debut.

"I feel really comfortable and this is where I'm supposed to be right now," Witt told reporters Sunday. "I'm just having a lot of fun."

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Witt hit .262 with a home run and 27 RBIs in 37 rookie league games in 2019.

Mahomes, 25, purchased a portion of the Royals in July, the same month he signed a record 10-year, $504 million contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. Mahomes' father -- Patrick Sr. -- played 11 seasons at the MLB level.


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