With the MLB Draft quickly approaching, not just Detroit Tigers fans, but fans from all over are wondering which young phenom will be the next superstar. Let’s see who we should familiarize ourselves with.
June 14-16, 7 p.m. eastern, MLB Network & MLB.com. The date, the time and the location in which Detroit Tigers fans can watch eagerly to see which new talent he or she should be preparing to have stitched on the back of a jersey.
In this season’s draft the Tigers have a first round pick in the 18th spot. As with any sports’ draft there are a plethora of mock drafts released.
Mocks meant to help the fans get an idea of the players available, players expected to be drafted early and potentially the player who may be drafted to their team.
Fans, introduce yourself to Nick Pratto. Well, maybe. Like I said, it’s a mock draft, anything can happen. For this article’s sake let’s assume we will be seeing Pratto in the navy blue and orange very soon.
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Pratto is a six-foot one-inch first baseman out of Huntington Beach, California. Pratto throws left handed and hits from the left side, he also has a commitment to USC to continue his play.
MLB.com’s mock draft dubbed Pratto’s bat as the following:
"“one of the best in the class”"
That statement will surely excite Tigers’ fans. Bleacher Report seems to agree. The publication wrote:
"“Nick Pratto is arguably the best pure hitter among this year’s prep bats and perhaps in the entire draft.”"
As a smaller first baseman there is a sense of risk surrounding the California native, something Detroit may be able to overlook due to Pratto’s upside.
Per SB Nation’s minorleagueball.com, Pratto’s strength’s at the plate include:
"“above-average bat speed, consistent hitting mechanics, and an exceptional feel for the strike zone.”"
The same website went on to break down Pratto’s defensive skills, writing that he has:
"“soft hands, a strong arm, impressive field awareness, and plenty of polish at first base.”"
A good fit
Detroit is in a tough spot in this upcoming offseason.
Pratto can come in and fill a first basemen void that is currently being held together, thinly, by Cabrera and part-time catcher John Hicks.
If the time comes when Detroit has to ship some stars out and being an official rebuild, Pratto can come in as an 18th overall pick and be a cornerstone to build on; both offensively and defensively.
The Detroit Tigers are in an odd spot in this year’s draft. Too high to have a for sure, safe pick, but too low to be able to snag a top prospect who could come in immediately and make an impact.
Whomever the team decides to go with, if we hear “Nick Pratto” called in 13 days, it seems as though within a few years the kid will be well known.