- Aug 12, 2010
Hometown: Arlington, TX
Drafted: 2013 - 24th Round
College Highlights: Four-year starter; 4-time conference All-Academic team; 2010 - Hit .400 with a HR in the CWS; 2011 - Mountain West First Team; 2012 - Mountain West Second team; 2013 - Big 12 Second Team, Big 12 Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year
TCU Career: .327/.393/.470/.863, 14 HR, 13 SB, .856 BB/K in 211 G
SoxProspects Scouting Report: Third baseman with a solid arm and good glove work but below-average range. Loopy swing. Intelligent and hardworking. Great teammate.
Interview following 2013: http://baseballhistorian.blogspot.com/2013/10/boston-red-sox-prospect-jantzen-witte.html
2013 - Split between GCL and Lowell - 33 G, 120 PA, .168/.258/.234/.492 - Season ended early when he was hit by a pitch on the hand. 25 of 28 games were at 3B.
2014 - Greenville - 65 G, 282 PA, .330/.418/.554/.972, 8 HR, .643 BB/K - 57 of 67 G at 3B.
- Salem - 65 G, 282 PA, .296/.340/.451/.792, 4 HR, .439 BB/K - SAL All Star. 42 of 59 G at 1B.
2015 - Portland - 47 G, 202 PA, .326/.393/.491/.884, 3 HR, .769 BB/K
I realize Witte isn't on anyone's prospect radar. He's a 25 year old in AA, but has put up some decent numbers the last two years. I've seen him mentioned here and there as having an above-average hit tool, and he's a solid fielder, particularly at 1B, where his range isn't a negative. His power is lacking, which is something he'll have to develop to ever become more than an organizational guy. At the least, though, he appears to be a nice high-character organizational piece, and I wanted to put him on the map since he's having such a nice season. He's one of the lone bright spots on a pretty rough Portland roster. Travis Shaw is ahead of him in Pawtucket, but has been disappointing so far this season. And Sam Travis and Nick Longhi are behind him, so I'll be interested to see how he fits in over the next couple years.