With the 2017 Draft fast approaching (June 12-14 on MLB Network and MLB.com), we take a closer look at the top prospects in this year's class.Name: Nick PrattoPosition: 1BSchool: Huntington Beach (Calif.) HSRank on Draft Top 200: 13DOB: 10/06/1998Bats: L Throws: LHeight: 6'1" Weight: 193 lbs.College commitment: USC:: 2017 MLB
With the 2017 Draft fast approaching (June 12-14 on MLB Network and MLB.com), we take a closer look at the top prospects in this year's class.
Name: Nick Pratto
School: Huntington Beach (Calif.) HS
Rank on Draft Top 200: 13
Bats: L Throws: L
Height: 6'1" Weight: 193 lbs.
College commitment: USC
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While Pratto is a talented left-handed pitcher, his advanced approach at the plate will lead teams to select him as a hitter in the Draft. The first baseman is a plus defender with solid range, but truly stands out due to his bat. Pratto can hit for average, and although he isn't the biggest, he did show some added power early in the high school season, something that increased his stock and should translate to at least average power.
MLB comp: J.T. Snow
Fun fact: Pratto was a member of the Ocean View Little League (Huntington Beach, Calif.) team that won the Little League World Series in 2011. Pratto hit .429 in six games at the World Series, including a 3-for-4 performance in the championship game.
He said it: "They'd be getting a leader and they'd be getting a winner. I'm a guy that is going to work hard and be best that I can be."
They said it: "They're two grounded kids. I told them, 'I can't imagine being an 18-year-old kid and dealing with what you two deal with.' I'm impressed with their maturity and how humble they are."
-- Huntington Beach coach Benji Medure on Nick Pratto and Hagen Danner
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