The Royals introduced first-round pick Nick Pratto to the public this week, after the first baseman signed his first pro contract worth a reported bonus of $3.45 million. The high schooler from Huntingon Beach, California, was considered one of the top prep bats in the country, according to Baseball America, part of why the Royals selected him at #14 overall.
The Royals had known about Pratto for some time, as one of their scouts - former Mariners infielder Rich Amaral - coached Pratto in youth baseball.
"I did camps for the Little League, and Nick was a camper at age 8," Amaral said. "He probably went to three or four different camps, and I’ve known him ever since."
Pratto is known for a smooth left-handed swing and good defense at first. He was also a talented enough pitcher to be considered a draft prospect, but he will be a hitter for the Royals. There are some doubts about his power, but many feel like home runs will come as he matures as a hitter.
It was a whirlwind for Pratto as he met with the media and toured Kauffman Stadium. Pratto will head to Arizona to play for the Royals summer league team there.