Kansas City Royals who won’t see playing time – Number 2: Nick Pratto
Royals fans are skeptical of Nick Pratto after he had a not-so-good season in Wilmington last year, slashing just .191/.278/.310 in 419 at bats.
The Royals took Pratto 14th overall in 2017 with the hopes that he could be the next Eric Hosmer for them, but after his step backwards last season, not having a 2020 minor league season could be detrimental for Pratto. He looked good in 2018, batting .280 with 14 home runs and 62 RBI in 485 at bats with Lexington, so the regression this past year is concerning for sure.
Camp is going to be a way for Pratto to get meaningful at bats, but he stands no chance at making the actual roster. He’s only 21 years old (he turns 22 in October) and there’s still time for him to figure things out and get to the big leagues under regular circumstances.
Kansas City Royals who won’t see playing time – Number 1: Bobby Witt Jr.
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Last, but not least, we come to the biggest and top ranked prospect in the Kansas City Royals’ farm system and that’s Bobby Witt Jr., who the franchise selected second overall in last year’s draft.
Witt has yet to play a full season of minor league ball, hitting .262 in the Arizona league last year in 164 at bats. Witt is going to be a franchise-type player for the Royals and the excitement level surrounding him is huge, but that’s not a real reason to push him to the majors this year.
At just 20 years old, Witt still has a lot of developing to do in the minor leagues and that’s why while it’ll be fun to see him at camp this month, him contributing to the major league squad at all this year is a pipe dream.