Nicholas Michael Pratto
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 1", Weight 195 lb.
- High School Huntington Beach High School
First baseman Nick Pratto was the 14th overall selection in the 2017 amateur draft, by the Kansas City Royals out of Huntington Beach High School in California. He was both a pitcher and a position player in high school, and he would have continued as a two-way player had he gone on to college, but the Royals stated they were interested in him strictly as a hitter. The signing scout for the Royals was Rich Amaral. As a youngster, he had been one of the heroes of the Huntington Beach, CA's teams win in the 2011 Little League World Series, stroking the game-winning hit in the finale against Japan. He again stopped Japan in the 2015 U-18 Baseball World Cup. He hit .200/.359/.200 for the tourney and was 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA and 17 K in 14 1/3 IP. He beat Japan in the finale (they had been 8-0 before then). He tied for the tournament lead in wins, was 4th in batters fanned and was named tournament MVP.
He made his professional debut the year he was drafted, with the AZL Royals, hitting .247/.330/.414 in 52 games. In 2018, he was promoted to full-season Class A ball with the Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League. He played 127 games and put up solid statistics, hitting .280/.343/.443, with 33 doubles, 14 homers and 62 RBIs. He also showed good speed, stealing 22 bases in 27 attempts. He had entered the year as #2 prospect in the Royals' organization and was a mid-season All-Star in the Sally League, and was also named the "Top Star" of the circuit's All-Star Game. He took a big step backwards in 2019, however, as with the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League, he fell to .191/.278/.310 in 124 games. He struck out a whopping 164 times with just 80 hits. Still the team won the league title for the first time since 1999 that season and Pratto was the regular first baseman all year in spite of his sub-par production at the plate.
- Bill Ballew: "Pratto living up to expectations: Royals No. 2 prospect showing his potential in Lexington debut", milb.com, May 25, 2018.