Witt Signs with Baltimore; Assigned to High-A

MANHATTAN, Kan. Tanner Witt, a member of the 2013 Big 12 champion K-State baseball team and former All-Big 12 First Team selection, signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Orioles on June 23. The second baseman was assigned to the team’s Class A Advanced affiliate, the Frederick Keys of the Carolina League.

A four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats from 2010-13, Witt joined the Baltimore organization after playing his second season with the independent Rockford Aviators of the Frontier League. The Illinois native was hitting .355 (39-for-110), which was third-best in the league at the time of his signing, while also adding five doubles, a home run, 22 RBIs, three stolen bases and a .437 OBP.

Last year, Witt was named the Frontier League’s Rookie of the Year as he hit .305 (112-for-367) with 19 doubles, four home runs and 39 RBIs. While mainly playing infield, he saw time at every position except catcher over the course of the season.

Following his successful first-year campaign at the professional level, Witt signed a contract with the Chicago Cubs before the start of this year’s Spring Training. He was released at the end of camp, however, before re-signing with the Aviators.

During his K-State career, Witt had a .295 career batting average over 221 games, including a combined .326 clip over his junior and senior seasons. He also made 25 appearances as a pitcher, 17 of which were in 2013 when he had seven saves and 18 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched.

Witt played in all but one game as a senior, hitting .337 with career-highs in hits (88), RBIs (35) and runs scored (49) to help K-State capture its first conference title in 80 years. In addition to being named to the All-Big 12 First Team in 2013, Witt also garnered All-Big 12 Honorable Mention accolades (2012) during his career as well as Academic All-Big 12 honors twice.

Witt becomes the 14th former Wildcat currently playing affiliated professional baseball and eighth at the Class A Advanced level or higher.