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Nick Pratto

#30 | LF/1B/RF
Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals
Nick Pratto
Name: Nicholas Michael Pratto
Born: Oct 6, 1998 in Huntington Beach, CA
High School: Huntington Beach (Calif.) HS
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 195 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 1st round (14th overall) by the Kansas City Royals in 2017 (signed for $3,450,000)
The legend of Nick Pratto began at the 2011 Little League World Series, when he hit a walkoff single to give California a 2-1 victory over Japan in the championship game. Pratto's legend has only grown since; as a legitimate two-way performer he starred for the 18U National Team in each of the two summers prior to his senior year. On the mound, Pratto attacks hitters with an upper 80s fastball that can reach as high as 91. He's able to pound the strike zone and locate his fastball to both sides of the plate. His best offspeed pitch for the next level is his filthy changeup, which shows plus fade and was an out pitch for him on the showcase circuit. Pratto also throws a three-quarter breaking ball that shows promising shape and spin but is a below-average pitch at present. Pratto's future, however, is in the batter's box. He's a lefthanded hitter with strike zone awareness and plate discipline well beyond his years. Pratto stands close to the plate and covers it well. He has exceptionally loose wrists and creates separation in his swing, giving himself time to adjust to pitches late and keep himself alive in counts. Pratto has advanced pitch recognition and timing. The biggest development of Pratto's draft year was the growth of his raw power; it's become a plus tool for him and he's capable of hitting the ball out to the opposite field or pulling it 400-plus feet. He's still learning how to get to all of that power, but the ball consistently comes off his bat with authority in games and he should develop more game power as it becomes a bigger part of his approach. Pratto is a near-average runner and has enough arm strength to play the outfield, but he's a very advanced defender at first base at present. He is committed to Southern California, where he'd likely begin his collegiate career pitching on the weekend and hitting in the middle of the lineup, but he is expected to be drafted in the first round as a position player. Scouts compare him to Joey Votto because of his offensive skillset and competitive spirit.
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