Nicholas Michael Pratto resides in Huntington Beach, Calif...Graduated from Huntington Beach High School in 2017…batted .318 with seven home runs as a senior and was rated as the “Best High School Hitter” in the 2017 Draft, according to Baseball America...Played for Team USA’s 18U National Team in 2015-16, helping the squad to back-to-back World Championships...Collected a walk-off RBI single with the bases loaded to defeat Japan in the 2011 Little League World Series Championship...Bypassed a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Southern California when he signed with the Royals...When he was drafted, became just the third high school first baseman to be selected in the Top 15 since 2009, joining Dominic Smith (Mets, 11th overall, 2013) and Josh Naylor (Miami, 12th overall, 2015).
In 124 total games between Double-A and Triple-A, hit .265/.385/.602 with 98 runs scored, 28 doubles, 36 home runs, 98 RBI, and 83 walks...Ranked second in Minor League Baseball in extra-base hits (71), tied for second in home runs (36), ranked third in RBI (98), tied for third in runs scored (98) fifth in walks (83), and seventh in slugging percentage (.602)...Hit .271/.404/.570 in 61 games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, leading the league in walks (46), ranking third in slugging percentage, and fourth in on-base percentage at the time of his promotion to Triple-A Omaha on July 18...From his Triple-A debut July 20 through the end of the season on Oct. 3, led Triple-A East in home runs (21) and RBI (55), ranked second in slugging percentage (.634), extra-base hits (39) and runs scored (54), third in walks (37), and fourth in OPS (1.001)...Recorded 813 putouts and 64 assists in 879 total chances at first base in 113 total games, committing two errors in 955.2 innings for a .998 fielding percentage, the best fielding percentage among players to earn a Minor League Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2021...Started at first base for the American League in the 2021 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 10 at Coors Field in Denver, Colo., going 0-for-1 with a walk...Was named an MiLB.com Organization All-Star and Double-A Central postseason All-Star at first base, following the season...Entered the season as the No. 13 prospect in the Royals organization according to Baseball America and was listed as the “Best Defensive Infielder” among Royals minor leaguers.
Spent the year at the Royals’ alternate training site in Kansas City, Kansas... Also participated in the club’s postseason camp at Kauffman Stadium.
Spent the entire season with Wilmington (A+), helping the Blue Rocks win the Carolina League championship...Hit a career-low .191 for the season, with 21 doubles, a triple, nine homers…ranked ninth in the league in games played (124), including the most at first base (123).
Entered the year as the No. 1 prospect in the Royals organization, according to Baseball America...Named a South Atlantic League midseason All-Star and was “Top Star” of the All-Star Game, going 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and four RBI for the South Division...Among South Atlantic League hitters, ranked second in runs scored (79), tied for second in doubles (33), third in hits (136), third in total bases (215), fourth in games (127) and fifth in extra-base hits (49)...Earned the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year Award, which recognizes the organization’s top defensive player...Recorded a career-high four hits (4-for-5) on Aug. 27 vs. Augusta…doubled and drove in three runs in Lexington’s 18-3 triumph.
Named Surprise (Rookie) Player of the Year, leading the club in RBI (34), tying for the team lead in homers (4) and ranking second in hits (49).