Through eight games since moving up to Triple-A Omaha, Pratto has gone 10-for-31 (.323) with three homers, four doubles, 12 RBI, eight runs and a 5:7 BB:K. Pratto has posted five-RBI efforts in two of his last three games, so he's still absolutely mashing minor-league pitching. The 22-year-old is having a major breakout season after hitting .191 in High-A two years ago, but he's blocked at both first base and DH at the major-league level for now. He's also got slightly concerning platoon splits, as Pratto -- a left-handed hitter -- is batting .226 (albeit with good power) against southpaws this year. It's not a perfect prospect profile, but Pratto has enough power to make fantasy managers take notice.
Pratto was promoted to Triple-A Omaha on Sunday. Pratto had a strong start to the season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas and slashed .279/.408/.586 with 15 home runs, 43 RBI, 43 runs and five stolen bases across 59 games. He'll now be rewarded with a promotion for the second half of the season, though it's not yet clear whether the 22-year-old could be in consideration for a major-league roster spot in 2021.
Pratto has a .320/.466/.710 slash line across 131 plate appearances with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The first-round pick from 2017 struggled at High-A Wilmington in 2019 with a .191/.278/.310 slash line, nine homers, 46 RBI, 48 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 124 games. Pratto has turned it around in 2021 with 10 homers, 23 RBI, 23 runs scored and five steals in just 29 Double-A games. The strong hitting could eventually lead to a promotion to Triple-A Omaha, although that should not be considered imminent.
Pratto is hitting .438 with three home runs, seven strikeouts and three walks in 19 plate appearances this spring. Pratto had a brutal 2019 season, so the fact that he is making noise in big-league camp as a 22-year-old is really encouraging, even in a small sample. He will likely open the year at High-A or Double-A, and it will be worth tracking his performance to see if this big spring was indeed a sign of things to come. Pratto is an excellent defensive first baseman, so if he hits enough, he could profile as the team's long-term starter there.
Pratto will be a part of the Royals' 60-man player pool this season, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports. Like several other high-profile Royals position player prospects, Pratto had a dreadful 2019 season, hitting .191 with a 34.7 percent strikeout rate at High-A. As a top-15 pick in 2017, Pratto will be given plenty of chances to bounce back, but he is obviously not ready to face MLB pitching.
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