Sneak preview to my building #TogetherRoyal Top 50 Prospects list:
1. Bobby Witt, Jr. - SS
2. MJ Melendez - C
3. Nick Pratto - 1B
4. Vinnie Pasquantino - 1B
5. Asa Lacy - SP
Who’s your top five #Royals prospects?! Comment below! ⬇️
I’ve said it multiple times, but the improvements that both MJ Melendez and Nick Pratto have made are astounding. So much credit goes to the players and their hard work, but Drew Saylor is in the background playing a huge role that has led to the success of many Royals prospects. https://t.co/vkvx3VGjpQ
@DarkCards66 @WatchTheBreaks @carymcgrath17 @collec_sport For sure! I’m a Royals fan you have any prospects cards? Mainly Mj Melendez, Nick Pratto, Asa Lacy and BWJ of course. Obviously not expecting anything crazy lol
Three Royals prospects were named to BA’s minor-league all-star team: Bobby Witt Jr., Nick Pratto and MJ Melendez.
Altogether, they combined for: 110 HR, 298 RBI, 44 SB, 292 R, 209 XBH.
That. Will. Play. https://t.co/wtuiXFZBn5
That infield is looking mighty Royal for the @Prospects1500 2021 Prospects of the Year 👀! Well deserved and shows you the depth of the #TogetherRoyal farm system:
C - MJ Melendez
1B - Nick Pratto
2B - Michael Massey
SS - Bobby Witt, Jr.
Well deserved for them all! #Royals https://t.co/deuegmiota
#Royals 1B Nick Pratto filled up the box score. The 22-year old went 2-for-2, with 2 walks, 3 runs, a HR, 2 RBI, and a SB. The lefty is hitting .265/.385/.600 with 35 HR and 12 SB between AA & AAA. 50.1% of his PA's have resulted in a home run, walk, or strikeout. #TogetherRoyal
@RadioJoe7 @RossJensen12 @Prospects1500 The Royals support on Twitter has been outstanding. They've come out in full force in support of MJ Melendez, Nick Pratto, and now Massey. He did have a great season and that's what POTY is all about. Other 3 fan bases need to show up too. Still plenty of time.
Signing Taylor illustrates how much faith the Royals have in their young position players. With Bobby Witt Jr., Nick Pratto and M.J. Melendez big league-ready next season, they can afford to carry Taylor's bat so long as his excellent glove is in Kauffman Stadium's big outfield.
The prospect team of the year is here and we should all cower before the mighty power that is the Royals in a few years. Bobby Witt Jr, MJ Melendez, and Nick Pratto are going to terrify.
From @SamDykstraMiLB: https://t.co/IWvyybV6Po
My Royals Roster Next Year:
C: MJ and Salvy
1B: Nick Pratto
2B: Nicky Lopez
3B: Adalberto Mondesi
SS: Bobby Witt Jr.
LF: Andrew Benintendi
CF: Michael A. Taylor
RF: Whit Merrifield
Huntington Beach's Nick Pratto has 34 home runs in Kansas City's system. But fellow Royal M.J. Melendez has 41, most for any minor leaguer since Kris Bryant. He's the first catcher to get to 40 in the minors since the Angels' Todd Greene in 1995. (Baseball America)
2025 Roster and playoff projections:
- MJ Melendez
- Nick Pratto
- Bobby Witt Jr
- Adalberto Mondesi
- Nicky Lopez
FYI had sold myself on Nick Gonzales being the Royals #4 draft pick prior to 2020 season.
Storm Chasers trailed 8-0 in the middle of the second inning, but they are mounting a comeback. MJ Melendez and Nick Pratto have homered (for Melendez, it's No. 40 this season) and Omaha is within 8-5 in the third.
@Matt_Winkelman Ryan Vilade (20), Rockies
Gabriel Arias (21), Indians
Jose Miranda (23), Twins
Bobby Witt (21), Royals
Nick Pratto (22), Royals
Nolan Gorman (21), Cardinals
Oscar Gonzalez (23), Indians
The @IowaCubs are playing the Royals AAA affiliate @OMAStormChasers tonight, and boy, do the Royals have some good young hitters on the way for next season. SS Bobby Witt, 1B Nick Pratto and C MJ Melendez are all 22 or younger and killing it in AAA. That's 1/3 of KCs '22 line-up
So try this on for size Royals fans:
Defensive lineup next year:
C- Salvador Perez/MJ Melindez
1B- Nick Pratto
2B- Whit Merrifield
SS- Nicky Lopez/Bobby Witt Jr.
3B- Bobby Witt Jr.
LF- Andrew Benintendi/Hunter Dozier
CF- Adalberto Mondesi
RF- Edward Olivares/Hunter Dozier
Time for the random stat leaderboard of the night! Looking at the top 5 OPS prospects for the @Royals:
1.001 - MJ Melendez, C 😍
.977 - Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B 📈📈📈
.965 - Nick Pratto, 1B 😎😎
.958 - Bobby Witt, Jr., SS ⭐️⭐️⭐️
.894 - Michael Massey, 2B 📈📈
If the Royals move Salvador Perez and his 41 homers to DH, they can bring up MJ Melendez and his 35 homers up next year. They also have Nick Pratto and Bobby Witt Jr with 28 homers respectively vying for an opening day roster spot.
Today will be the last game played against the White Sox this year, the Royals will see them next on March 1st, 2022 for Spring Training, where I'm guessing Bobby Witt Jr. and Nick Pratto will be in the same lineup that day, just a guess.
The Royals have more full-season minor league hitters in the top 25 for wRC+ (min. 350 PA) than any other organization.
163 Vinnie Pasquantino (4th)
161 Nick Pratto (5th)
160 MJ Melendez (7th)
146 Bobby Witt Jr. (25th)
Outstanding look via advanced statistical analysis of the seasons Bobby Witt Jr, Nick Pratto, MJ Melendez, and Vinnie Pasquantino are having in 2021.
Royals fans should be excited, especially if the pitching continues to develop. https://t.co/hALgfHgT1B
- Omaha's roster includes three of the top four HR hitters in @MiLB in MJ Melendez (33), Nick Pratto (28) & Bobby Witt Jr. (28)
- With 165 HR & 125 SB, the Storm Chasers are one of two teams in MiLB with 150+ HR & 100+ SB this season
Today's game notes: https://t.co/MkttLaymfX
-The Royals trio of Bobby Witt Jr (28 total, 12 in AAA), Nick Pratto (28. 13) and MJ Melendez (33, 5) all homered with Melendez hitting two HRs and a 3B. The 3 transitioned to AAA maintaining their power without increasing their strikeout rate.
Bobby Witt has homered (28) tonight.
Nick Pratto has homered (28).
MJ Melendez has tripled and homered (32).
The Royals have more minor leaguers with 28+ HR (3) than every other organization *combined* (1). Alec Zumwalt & Drew Saylor deserve a promotion to KC, and maybe an EGOT.
Is there any rational reason the @royals aren’t calling Nick Pratto up to play 1B with Santana out? We’re not making the playoffs. Wouldn’t Pratto getting experience be better than Ryan O’Hearn? #ForeverRoyal
@SorenPetro Tonight’s lineup is an example of what drives me crazy with the Royals. Behind a struggling Singer, you put Nick O’Hearn at 1B vs DH. DH a .207 hitter. And run Dyson out to the OF. Meanwhile, none of us knows if Nick Pratto can hit MLB pitching.
MJ Melendez was called up to the Omaha Storm Chasers two weeks ago, joining other top Royals prospects Bobby Witt Jr. and Nick Pratto. Melendez is one of the top home run hitters in the minors. https://t.co/gx7cbYtQfw
If the Royals bring back MAT next season, they’ll potentially have 7 Gold Glove caliber players on the MLB roster in Perez, MAT, Nicky Lopez, Merrifield, Mondesi, BWJ, and Nick Pratto. Not counting Isbel or Melendez who I think could play elite defense at this level as well.
The Royals made new investments in hitter development after seeing so many of their guys falter in 2019. Nick Pratto and MJ Melendez have been major beneficiaries:
Pratto 2019: .191/.278/.443
Pratto 2021: .269/.386/.587
Melendez 2019: .163/.260/.311
Melendez 2021: .280/.363/.614
Hum...@RaysBaseball FO should talk to the Royals to see if they'd be interested in exchanging their 1B prospect Nick Pratto for
any of the #Rays Rule 5 guys. Pratto just 22 years old is already in AAA. In 2021 Pratto has 21 HR 22 DB 6 TR.
Nick Pratto was fantastic this year in Double-A and is still putting up a strong stretch in Omaha, but @Jedwards_radio wants to see a bit more consistency before the Royals call up their first base prospect. Here's why. ⬇️
No teaser at the top. The Royals #1 prospect is overwhelmingly Bobby Witt Jr.
But how high are bounce-back prospects MJ Melendez & Nick Pratto? Or the surprise 1st round pick Frank Mozzicato?
KC's strong system is on display in our midseason Top 30.
@MC790 That’s not an excuse. That is truth. The Royals are an up and comer while the Astros are aging with a closing window. Wait until this team calls up Witt Jr. Nick Pratto and some of their other minor league studs.
“The Skinny: It's been a great year for Royals farmhands, largely bolstered by a revamped hitting development system that has seen 1B Nick Pratto, C M.J. Melendez and others break out to join uber-prospect SS Bobby Witt Jr.” https://t.co/XwmlmzI3Bk
@LWorthySports Good article. Obviously Omaha Storm Chasers fans, like myself, want him here until 2022 call up. From baseball perspective, he has had a fair number of throws that were scooped up or pulled down by Nick Pratto to complete the out at 1st. He needs more time at AAA.
@_mcameron44 @royalsreview I personally would be ecstatic is the Royals infield next year includes Mondesi, Witt Jr, and Nick Pratto. With Nicky Lopez and Whit Merrifield mixing in at 2B. Whit can spend his other time in OF. Royals fanbase is excited about the future, Mondesi can be a superstar in it.
The Royals have promoted catching prospect M.J. Melendez to Triple-A Omaha.
Melendez ranks second in the minors with 28 home runs and will now re-join Nick Pratto and Bobby Witt Jr. in Triple-A after starting the year with them in Double-A.
Interested for #Royals fans and experts to weigh in:
With Salvador Perez signed long term & still very much productive and Nick Pratto the eventual guy at 1B, does Melendez have enough athleticism to play corner OF? https://t.co/mJmcPyWGOq
MJ Melendez has been promoted to Triple-A Omaha.
Ranks second in the Minors with 28 HR. Leaves Double-A with a .285/.372/.628 slash line through 79 games. Joins Bobby Witt Jr. and Nick Pratto as big-time #Royals bats with the Storm Chasers. https://t.co/MJgjgXLDtm
2023 #Royals starting lineup:
(in no particular order)
1B - Nick Pratto
2B - Nicky Lopez
SS - Adalberto Mondesi
3B - Bobby Witt Jr.
LF - Andrew Benintendi
CF - Edward Olivares
RF - Kyle Isbel
DH - Salvador Perez
C - MJ Melendez
I’m so stoked. This core is going to win.
Royals have 6 legit breakouts happening in the minors:
- MJ Melendez C
- Nick Pratto 1B
- Vinnie Pasquantino 1B
- Michael Massey 2B
- Clay Dungan SS/2B
- Bobby Witt Jr SS
Tucker Bradley and Seuly Matias (last 28 games) also putting up strong numbers.
Much sooner, before he drafted nick pratto, there was bad pick after bad pick, and missed opportunities. The royals should have sold every one of the 2015 core because they knew they were most likely gone. It's hism.o. He doesn't want to do what it takes to win consistently.
Nick Pratto blasted ANOTHER go-ahead grand slam. Edward Olivares smacked a go-ahead homer in the ninth. The Storm Chasers & Mud Hens played a 4:33 game with 26 runs, 27 hits, & five lead changes.
Highlights from Omaha's 14-12 win over Toledo: https://t.co/SIf3RmyZLW https://t.co/S8UBeshfzO
#Royals 1B Nick Pratto hasn't slowed down since being promoted. The 22-year old went 3-for-5, with 2 runs, 2 doubles, a HR, and 5 RBI. The lefty is hitting .278/.405/.591 with 18 HR and 7 SB between AA & AAA. Pratto is an OBP machine that has tapped into big power. #TogetherRoyal
Carlos Santana is unlikely to be moved. He will probably be the Royals primary DH in 2022, with there being a very strong chance Nick Pratto breaks spring training camp as the starting first baseman. https://t.co/j4cOnKwta2
Bobby Witt Jr. , Nick Pratto (1B) and MJ Melendez (C) are all looking like they are stars in the making
Move Mondi to CF, Let these young pitchers keep improving, and the Royals could be quite formidable here in the near future
Go ahead grand slam from Nick Pratto?! He’s 2 for 4 so far with 5 RBIs. Bobby Witt Jr. is 1 for 4 with a HR and MJ Melendez in AA went 2 for 5 with a 2B and 2 RBIs. Royals top prospects are having themselves a day! https://t.co/GOTN7QN35m
You want value? The @Royals have value:
28 Day Average Value:
-Bobby Witt Jr. $583.95
-Erick Pena $100.47
-Nick Pratto $46.86
Find out who else Kansas City has stocked in their farm system in @MKelley_ND midseason rankings on @Prospects1500
#thehobby #TogetherRoyal https://t.co/RNoniOcPhQ https://t.co/kpefx6YYur
FanGraphs updated their prospect board, some changes for Royals prospects
7th overall pick Frank Mozzicato added at #12 in org
Nick Pratto goes from 40+ FV to 45 (#14 to #10 in org)
Maikel Garcia goes from 35+ FV to 40 (#47 to #36 in org)
Noah Murdock goes from 40 FV to 35 https://t.co/FDRWtw2Yyw
NEW — What made the Royals confident in promoting Bobby Witt Jr. and Nick Pratto? How are Daniel Lynch and Jackson Kowar progressing? Who else has impressed internally?
A Q&A with assistant GM J.J. Picollo:
I have seen Bobby Witt Jr and Nick Pratto at AA , NWA Naturals. Their fielding and batting performance has been or was great. I was wondering when they would be called to AAA. I’m glad they were called up. Soon I hope to the Bigs. Royals need help. Next MJ Melendez
Earlier today, @AlexGold and @codybtapp caught up with Royals VP J.J. Picollo who explained why now was the right time for Bobby Witt Jr. and Nick Pratto to make the move to Omaha.
Listen to the full conversation from #CodyandGold: https://t.co/GHhSAzRg0O https://t.co/LPmqB29jZz
- 2 things to watch with Bobby Witt Jr and Nick Pratto in Omaha
- the Chargers "hype"
- the Royals and rebuilding
- the strategy with high school pitchers
- How will Andy Reid approach different schedule?
- and a KU football question? https://t.co/xtwMvgWbas
@mellinger I have bleacher tickets for Royals @ Cubs game Aug 21 & Aug 22. What're the chances Bobby Witt (& Nick Pratto) are on the major league roster by then? (Please say close to 100% so I don't have to watch garbage for two days in the hot sun.)
The transformation of #Royals 1B prospect Nick Pratto has been such a fun one to watch. The improvements have been stellar. He’s brought his K% down to 29.2% from 34.7% and his BB% up to 16.8% from 10.4% in 2019. Excited to see what the 22 yo can do in AAA! #FantasyBaseball
Kansas City Royals prospects Nick Pratto and Bobby Witt Jr. have both been promoted to Triple-A Omaha, the club announced this evening. Both had spent the first part of the season with Kansas City’s Double-A affiliate #Royals #TogetherRoyal
If the Royals stay put and don’t move any big names/Witt and Pratto continue to mash in Omaha, here could be the potential opening day lineup in 2022:
3B: Bobby Witt
1B: Nick Pratto
2B: Nicky Lopez
Storm Chasers lose 12-5 at Indianapolis on Sunday, but the Royals also promoted top prospects Bobby Witt Jr. and Nick Pratto to Omaha. They will be in Omaha for series with Saint Paul beginning Tuesday.
Kansas City #Royals prospects Nick Pratto (first base) and Bobby Witt Jr. (shortstop) have both been promoted to Triple-A Omaha, the club announced this evening.
Both had spent the first part of the season with Kansas City’s Double-A affiliate, @nwanaturals. https://t.co/7vSa5GuvQH
The @Royals have announced that prospects Bobby Witt Jr. (@BwittJr) and Nick Pratto (@n_pratto) have both been promoted to Triple-A Omaha. Thanks for all the memories & keep it rolling with the Storm Chasers. #TogetherRoyal
Details ▶️ https://t.co/ydKr43pjsP
📸 Tim Campbell https://t.co/HsgVkXFPA6
My new top-10 Kansas City Dynasty Prospects
1. Bobby Witt Jr, SS
2. Asa Lacy, LHP
3. Erick Peña, OF
4. Daniel Lynch, LHP
5. Nick Pratto, 1B
6. Jackson Kowar, RHP
7. Kyle Isbel, OF
8. Frank Mozzicato, LHP*
9. MJ Melendez, C
10. Peyton Wilson, 2B*
1. Bobby Witt Jr
2. Nick Pratto
3. Asa Lacy
4. Daniel Lynch
5. Jackson Kowar
6. Eric Pena
7. Frank Mazzicato
8. Jonathan Bowlan
9. Alec Marsh
10. Austin Cox
11. Nick Loftin
12. Ben Kudrna
13. Payton wilson
14. Ben Hernandez
15. Carter Jensen
Before you watch Salvador Perez rep the #Royals in the Home Run Derby, learn a little more about the future of Kansas City that played at Coors yesterday.
Bobby Witt Jr. and Nick Pratto are on the fast-track to the show and they've formed a brotherhood along the way @nwanaturals https://t.co/9vktWhWCIJ
Royals fans heading to the Wind Surge/Naturals game tonight: note that Bobby Witt is not in the starting 9 after leaving Sunday’s game. Fellow future’s game pick Nick Pratto and last week’s AA Central player of the week MJ Melendez batting 3-4 https://t.co/TwBAVwlOcG
Next year, the Royals need to call up Bobby Witt/Nick Pratto/Asa Lacy. Force their hand on Mondesi and Dozier to stay healthy and consistent. Let Soler go. Fire Cal Eldred and hire a pitching coach from the minor league system. Force a change and see the change.
Of course @n_pratto couldn't be tied with @BwittJr with home runs. Cause that'd be no fun, right? 😂😂
Nick Pratto's 14th homer of the season scores Witt from first and puts the Naturals back on top!
T3 | #NWANaturals 3 Springfield 1 https://t.co/4e80NbnXQf
.@j_montgomery21 talks with NW Arkansas manager Scott Thorman about some of the #Royals' top prospects, including Bobby Witt Jr. and Nick Pratto.
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