Kansas City Royals: Prospect to Watch, Nick Pratto
Nick Pratto took home some hardware in the South Atlantic All-Star game, being named the MVP. The first baseman currently resides in Single A within the Kansas City Royals organization.
Nick Pratto is listed as the number two prospect on MLB Pipeline’s list of the Kansas City Royals top 30 prospects. He also is on the overall MLB list of top prospect first basemen, as the fifth-ranked prospect.
With both Hunter Dozier and Lucas Duda already in a battle for first base, it’s likely Pratto will not get an opportunity for a few years. He still needs time to develop within the Minor League system. But, it is obvious that he has enough talent to eventually make a splash in the Majors.
Minor League Statistics
The nineteen year old lefty is extremely athletic. An overall 50-grade player according to MLB Pipeline, his defensive prowess grades out at 60. As far as his performance at the plate goes, both his hitting and his power grade out at 55. Pratto has good bat speed, but he is still developing his power.
He has knocked seven home runs on the year with the Lexington Legends, as well as tallied 28 RBIs. Nick Pratto was a first round draft pick in 2017, and so far in his second year as a part of the Kansas City Royals organization, he boasts an average of .238.
Before being drafted, Pratto was also a pitcher. With his plate potential, first base is likely to be the position he will stick with.
Along with fellow Legends players Seuly Matias, MJ Melendez, and Sebastian Rivero, Nick Pratto represented the squad in the South Atlantic All-Star Game. He was recognized as the MVP for his stellar performance.
Pratto had 2 hits in the game, and he accounted for 4 RBIs in the game. Those hits included a two-run double and a two-run home run. In the South’s 9-5 victory over the North, the four runs Pratto knocked in were enough to lead his team to victory.
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Though Nick Pratto will not be making a Major League appearance any time soon, he is a prospect to keep an eye on.