This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
Plenty of prospect pundits gave up on Kansas City neophyte Nick Pratto. The 2017 first-round pick produced a decent - albeit, unspectacular - first season at Low-A in 2018. Then came a dreadful 2019 where he only hit .198 with nine home runs in 124 games at High-A. The pandemic did Pratto no favors and was largely written off. Still just 22, the sweet-swinging lefty has proved the doubters wrong with a bounce back 2021 slashing .275/.392/.604 with 25 home runs, 71 RBI and even 10 steals in 90 contest between Double-A and Triple-A. Pratto is hitting for average, drawing many walks, but perhaps - most importantly - has found his power stroke having already crushed his previous career high. He's gone from a forgotten to prospect to a return as one of the top infield phenoms.
Next week's article will hit on some possible September call-ups. For now, here are some prospects making waves on the minor league scene.
Colton Cowser, OF, BAL – At the big league level, things couldn't possibly be worse for the Orioles as they've lost 18 straight games, have struggled to the worst record in MLB, and there's no end in sight to the misery this year. But hope could be on the horizon, as the farm system is beginning to show signs of bearing fruit. Adley Rutschman should come to the rescue in 2022 and become the face of the franchise at catcher while Grayson Rodriguez might be the best pitching prospect in baseball and should also