Jantzen Witte Seperating Himself From the Rest

Jantzen Witte

Through his first eight games, Portland Sea Dogs first baseman Jantzen Witte has separated himself from the rest.

At 6-foot-2 195 pounds, he has the frame of a power hitter and it showed a little bit last year when he popped 12 homers in 130 games. His .312 batting average and .379 on-Jantzen Wittebase percentage were not enough to put him on the map among top prospects last year, but if he keeps it up then people will have to start taking notice.
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When the Red Sox drafted him in the 24th round of the 2013 MLB draft, they likely did not know what they were getting, but now they must be pleasantly surprised. To date this year, Witte is ten-for-28 at the plate (.357 average) in eight games for the Portland Sea Dogs. It is a small sample size, but a step in the right direction for the 25-year-old in one of the top farm systems in the game.

Interestingly enough, Witte clobbered left-handed pitching last year which could be his calling that separates him from the pack. In 129 at-bats last year against lefties, he hit .365 The Red Sox have plenty of bats hitting well in the Minors, but finding someone who mashes lefties is hard to come by. More often than not, the guys who hit righties moderately well fall off a cliff against southpaws.
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As a right-handed bat, Witte has the opportunity to go out there this year and prove his success was no fluke. He should have no problem getting enough reps as the Sea Dogs everyday first baseman. Not to mention he played a handful of games at third base last year.

On the other hand, PawSox first baseman Travis Shaw cannot hit lefties for his life being one himself.
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It may be a reach, but perhaps those two are a viable platoon option at some point down the road. Just thinking out loud here…

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