Pratto put on a Royals cap 11 years later at Kauffman Stadium on Monday as the team announced Pratto, the 14th overall pick, had signed. MLB.com reported Saturday that, according to a source, Pratto's deal is worth $3.45 million, slightly below the $3,727,600 slot value for the pick.
As happy as Pratto was Sunday when he flew to Kansas City to sign the deal, he also could recall that first time he put on a Royals uniform as his parents, Jeff and Laura, proudly looked on at Monday's news conference.
"He reminds me of a lot of J.T. Snow," Amaral said of Pratto's skill set. "He's a great defender, sort of like a shortstop at first base. He can also play the corner outfields if you need him to. You think about Wally Joyner. Maybe [Joey] Votto. I have thought about a lot of different guys for him."
Pratto, who received a congratulatory call from George Brett last week, said he was fine with the Snow comparisons.
"I know J.T. Snow just from watching him when I was really young," Pratto said. "I never really tried to emulate one person. People will compare me to players. It's not my job to do that."
Royals general manager Dayton Moore was pleased to get the deal done quickly.
"There was a natural trust between the people involved and [Pratto]," Moore said.
Pratto has watched the Royals from afar and said he is anxious to get started in his professional career.
"I like to bring my style of play -- play hard and play to win," Pratto said. "I like to call myself a leader. The Royals' organization has won a World Series, and that atmosphere is awesome to watch from the outside. Now I'll be on the inside."