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Witt Jr. golfs low pitch for 1st MLB home run

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Royals' top prospect extends hitting streak to 11 with impressive swing

KANSAS CITY — Bobby Witt Jr. extended his hit streak to 11 games in the biggest of ways on Tuesday night.

MLB Pipeline’s No. 1 prospect in baseball launched a solo shot off Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson in the second inning at Kauffman Stadium, a rocket to left-center field for Witt’s first Major League home run — the first of what will likely be many in Witt’s career.

Witt golfed a changeup low and out of the zone, with the ball leaving his bat at 102.5 mph and traveling 417 feet, according to Statcast. The 21-year-old was already rounding second base by the time the ball cleared the wall, but it wasn’t until Witt came into the dugout and was greeted by his teammates that he unleashed a big grin.

After a slow start to his Major League career — he was 5-for-39 (.128) through his first 10 games — Witt has been heating up at the plate like the Royals expected he would. Witt is one of three players in Royals history to record a 10-game hit streak before his 22nd birthday, joining Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler, and Witt’s 11th consecutive game with a hit matches Hosmer, who hit in 11 straight games as a 21-year-old in 2011. Butler holds the club record at 14 games from Sept. 30, 2007-April 14, 2008.

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