Royals prospect, named Minor League Player of the Year

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Omaha Storm Chasers were trying to hold on to a 10-5 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning of their Sept. 29 game when Iowa Cubs catcher Erick Castillo stepped to the plate with runners on second and third and two outs. Castillo, who swung at an 0-1 offering from Omaha pitcher Jose Cuas, smacked a blooper that was headed toward shallow left field.

“I thought it was two runs,” Omaha manager Brian Poldberg said.

Bobby Witt Jr. had different thoughts, though.

As the ball hung in the air, the Omaha shortstop began what seemed like an unlikely chase after it. Witt sprinted from his spot at shortstop to the the left field line. Just as the ball looked like it was headed for the Principal Park outfield grass, Witt leaped into the air and a made an over-the-shoulder catch as he was fully extended. Witt, who slid across the grass, held onto the ball for the final out of the inning.

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