Anne Rogers writes about Nick Pratto’s big night in Tuesday’s victory:
“It’s definitely a feeling of confidence, knowing that I can trust the work I’ve done and trust the homework and everything,” said Pratto, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Royals’ No. 2 prospect. “Continuing to do that and dominating my process before the game.”
Pratto’s process has been key to his surge, even throughout his slump. That’s what’s been most encouraging for the Royals to see from the 23-year-old.
“He had a plan on what he was trying to do, what he was seeing each day that wasn’t working and what he needed to do to make an adjustment,” manager Mike Matheny said. “If he can continue to do that and stay in that positive state of mind when things start heading in a tough direction … I think it leads you to being able to have a night like tonight.”
David Lesky at Inside the Crown broke down the good and the bad from Tuesday’s victory.
Let’s start with the good. Pratto got that double on Friday night to snap an 0 for 21 stretch and now he’s only 8 for his last 17 with three home runs, four doubles and 10 RBI. Of course, a lot of that is that he was 4 for 5 last night with his first multi-homer game and an additional double. He was the 23rd player in franchise history to have a game with at least 11 total bases and it was the 28th time it had happened. Only two other instances were completed by rookies - Kevin Seitzer and Kila Ka’aihue - so it was a pretty special night for the young first baseman.
Kiley McDaniel ranks all 30 teams’ “core.” ($) Kansas City checks in at a lowly 27th:
Somewhat similar to the Nationals, the Royals’ core here is basically just the last few years of the top of their good-not-great prospect list. Witt is the cornerstone, and I think Pasquantino is a keeper. A few others may get to that level, but this is simply not enough to show for being bad five straight years. There are not many sleepers that took a giant step forward in the last few years, while only Salvador Perez is left from the better clubs of yesteryear.
Gavin Cross is doin’ the damn thing:
GAVIN CROSS. GRAND SLAM. 8-0 FLIES. pic.twitter.com/o6TdpDiLtl— Royals Farm Report (@RoyalsFarm) August 31, 2022
Through 18 games in Low-A, Cross is batting .239/.373/.522 with five dingers.
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