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Tom Pratt (minors)

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Thomas Reginald Pratt

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tom Pratt was a player, coach and scout in the baseball world over a four-decade period.

Pratt's son, pitcher Andy Pratt, made the majors.

Playing career[edit]

The Kansas City Royals chose Tom in the 11th round of the January 1969 amateur draft. He was 4-5 with a 3.40 ERA that year for the Kingsport Royals, striking out 101 in 72 innings. He was 5th in the Appalachian League in ERA and second in strikeouts, behind future big leaguer Mike Wallace.

In 1970, Pratt was 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA for the Billings Mustangs, walking 18 in 15 innings. His control woes remained in 1971 with the Clinton Pilots and Waterloo Royals, with 20 walks in 20 innings; he was 0-1 with a save and a 4.95 ERA and his career was over.

High school and college coaching; scouting[edit]

From 1976-1999, Pratt was a coach at the amateur level. He was coach at Chino Valley High School, Arizona State University (assistant) and University of Nebraska (assistant). Having been drafted out of junior college, he went on to earn a master's degree in biomechanics. He also scouted for the Montréal Expos and California Angels.

Minor league coach[edit]

Pratt was announced as the pitching coach for the Peoria Chiefs in 2012, but was diagnosed with treatable brain cancer [1] [2]. He died at the end of that year, at the age of 62.

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