In baseball, no matter what league or level you play in, there are good seasons and bad seasons. In 2014, Tanner Witt‘s rookie season, the Rockford Aviators went 40-56, ending up 21 games out of first. Regardless of a fairly mediocre season, the team fielded requests from several different MLB teams to have (seven total) players attend Major League/ Minor League Spring Training on some level.
After Witt’s Frontier League Rookie of the Year season in 2014, which saw him hit a slash line of .305/.375/.395 accompanied by four home runs, 39 RBI’s, and 112 hits in 95 games, he ended up one of those lucky few, being invited to the Chicago Cubs Minor League camp. Things didn’t quite pan out for Witt in the Cubs system and he was released after Spring Training, so he resigned with Rockford to try and improve on his phenomenal first season.
Witt, 24, has begun his 2015 campaign doing just that. In four games this season, not only has the team improved overall (starting the season 4-0) but Witt has started on a hot streak. He’s belting a solid line of .429/.579/.500 and is currently tired for first in the Frontier League with six RBI’s. I grant that it is a low sample size (14 at bats) but an improvement is an improvement. At the same point during his rookie season Witt was only batting .313, not that .313 is a slouch batting average in any way, shape or form.
A skilled second baseman as well, Tanner Witt has hit the ground running this season and shows no sign of stopping. There’s plenty of summer remaining for Witt and his Northern Illinois squad, and not only does an improved Sophomore year seem not so far fetched, but in fact looks to be well underway.
The Aviators next play tonight, a double header at home in Rockford vs Traverse City.