Nick Pratto
20-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Kansas City Royals A+
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It is tough to know how to react when a player is productive, but in a very different way than the pre-draft scouting report foretold. Take Pratto, the 14th overall pick in 2017. "Command of the strike zone" and "developing power" were the selling points for this hit-over-power prep first baseman. Instead, he had the 15th highest K% (27.9) in the Sally League while his power was ahead of schedule (.163 ISO). However, his 13.4% swinging-strike rate was only the 27th highest mark in the league, so he does not have debilitating contact issues, and really improved in the second half. From July 14 on, Pratto hit .343/.422/.596 with seven home runs, a 24.5 K% and an 11.5 BB% in 192 PA. Pratto uses the whole field (32.1 Oppo%) and his 22.9% line-drive rate ranked eighth in the league, so the ingredients are there for him to become the player we thought he would be, his development just won't be linear -- it rarely is. Read Past Outlooks
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$Received a $3.45 million signing bonus in June of 2017.
Wraps up first pro season
1BKansas City Royals  A+
September 14, 2017
Pratto slashed .247/.330/.414 with 10 stolen bases during his first professional season in the Arizona League.
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Largely considered the Royals top prospect, Pratto put together a solid campaign after being selected in the first round of the 2017 draft. His 15 doubles were tied for fourth-most in the league, while the 18-year-old's 34 RBI ranked sixth. With a solid offseason, Pratto should find himself on the roster at Low-A Lexington to begin 2018.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
The 2017 draft saw four first basemen go in the first round and Pratto was the only high schooler to break up the college bats. Typically prep hitters are slower to tap into their raw power. However, those three college first basemen combined for seven total home runs after signing, while Pratto hit four out himself. He also tied for fourth in the AZL with 15 doubles -- an indicator that even more over-the-fence power is coming. Pratto was the only corner infielder in the AZL to steal double-digit bases, which says more about his instincts than raw speed, as he is actually a below-average runner. He didn't get the bat on the ball enough, striking out 25.2 percent of the time, but projects to make massive strides in that department in the coming years. He showed patience (10.4 percent walk rate) and more power than most were expecting in his first pro season. One thing to watch going forward is his performance against lefties, whom he hit .234/.321/.319 against in a small sample.
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Considered team's top prospect
1BKansas City Royals  A+
August 1, 2017
Pratto, the Royals' first-round pick in 2017, is considered the team's top prospect.
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Lands with Royals at No. 14
1BKansas City Royals  A+
June 12, 2017
The Royals have selected Pratto with the 14th overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft.
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