One of the top high school baseball players in the nation has received another prestigious award.
Colleyville Heritage star Bobby Witt Jr. was named the 2018-19 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year.
“It was just a blessing getting this opportunity,” said Witt Jr. “Getting to be named with all these guys on this (trophy), it’s awesome. I’m really excited and I just thank this whole community for what they’ve done to help me and everything. All of my teammates, all my coaches and everything that got me here.”
Texas Rangers Hall of Famer Michael Young surprised Witt Jr. with the trophy in front of family members and fellow classmates at Colleyville Heritage High School’s gym on Wednesday morning.
“I’ve had a good relationship with Bobby Witt Sr. for a long time,” said Young. “He gave me a shout and asked me if I wanted to be a part of this. It really was an incredible honor to share this with the Witt family.”
Witt Jr. is the son of former Texas Rangers pitcher Bobby Witt. The teenage phenom signed his National Letter of Intent with the University of Oklahoma but is projected to be a top-five pick in next week’s Major League Baseball draft.
“This has been a dream of mine since I was four-years-old,” said Witt Jr. “Just to go out there and be able to play baseball and then now hopefully be able to do it for a living. This journey has been awesome. It’s been amazing. I’ve really no words to describe the places I’ve been to and the things I’ve been able to do. It’s truly a blessing.”