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Pratto Earns Minor League Gold Glove

November 12, 2021 - Texas League (TL) - Northwest Arkansas Naturals News Release


SPRINGDALE, Ark - Minor League Baseball and Rawlings Sports Goods announced the recipients of the 2021 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® for defensive excellence and Nick Pratto was selected for the award at first base, the first Naturals player to ever claim the honor.

Between Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha, Pratto recorded a .998 fielding percentage at first base, making just two errors in 879 total changes across 113 games. He recorded 813 putouts and 64 assists, while helping turn 76 double plays.

Pratto's 955.2 innings at first base ranked as the second-most of any player in Minor League baseball at the position in 2021 (behind Pittsburgh's Mason Martin, 967.2 innings), while his total chances and putouts also ranked among the best at the position. Among Double-A Central players, Pratto played the third-most innings at first base with the fewest errors among those with at least 400.0 innings at the position, tied for the best fielding percentage of players with 150.0 or more innings at first base.

While with the Naturals, Pratto did not make an error across his first 365 chances and first 46 games, quickly establishing himself as one of the top defenders in Minor League Baseball. After a stretch of nearly 400 errorless innings (396.2) to begin the season, the California native did not make another error for over 300 more, continuing the streak into his promotion to Triple-A.

Since the award was re-established in 2011, Pratto is the first Northwest Arkansas Naturals player to earn the honor. Only one Royals prospect had previously earned a Rawlings Gold Glove Award®, when Omaha Storm Chasers outfielder Derrick Robinson did so in 2012. Pratto is one of two Kansas City minor leaguers this year to earn a Gold Glove, as Quad Cities River Bandits second baseman Michael Massey was honored for his .989 fielding percentage in the High-A Central this season.

A full list of the 2021 recipients is attached in the release from Minor League Baseball and Rawlings Sports Goods.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are the Double-A Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. They play at state-of-the-art Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Ark. For more information, including ticket options, promotions, groups, visit NWANaturals.com, and follow us on Twitter @NWANaturals and Facebook.com/Naturals.


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