Tanner Witt, a right-handed starter for the Texas Longhorns and a well-regarded prospect for the 2023 draft, will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the remainder of the season, according to Kendall Rogers of D1 Baseball.
Witt was scratched from his most recent start because of arm discomfort. He was subsequently examined by the Texas Sports Medicine staff, who determined that he had suffered an injury to his ulnar collateral ligament. Tommy John surgery tends to require at least a year of rehab and recovery, with some pitchers exercising caution by returning on a more relaxed timetable. There’s a chance, then, that Witt will not pitch for Texas again prior to the 2023 draft.
Witt had started twice for the Longhorns, the No. 1 ranked team in the country. In those outings, he had amassed a 1.64 ERA and a 4.67 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 11 innings. He had struck out 14 of the 45 batters he had faced thanks in part to a devastating curveball. Observe the glory:
Witt was regarded as an intriguing two-way prospect (he was also a slugging third baseman) when he was coming out of Episcopal High School in 2020. He chose to attend Texas instead, however, with an eye on boosting his stock ahead of 2023.
Witt is the son of former big-league first baseman Kevin. Kevin appeared in 146 big-league games during his career, hitting .233/.267/.376 (70 OPS+) with 15 home runs.