Royals promote prospects Bobby Witt Jr., Nick Pratto to Triple-A Omaha

The team announced the move on Sunday night.
Bobby Witt Jr.
Bobby Witt Jr. Photo credit USA Today

The Royals got a 12-hour head start on this week's news cycle Sunday evening, announcing that two of their top prospects -- Bobby Witt Jr. and Nick Pratto -- have been promoted to Triple-A Omaha:

Pratto, 22, was Kansas City’s first-round pick in 2017. He currently ranks second in the Central Division in slugging percentage (.573) and third in on-base percentage (.405) while batting .273 with 13 doubles, four triples, 15 homers and 43 RBI.

Witt Jr., 21, was Kansas City’s first-round pick (2nd overall) two years later, drafted out of high school in Texas. He entered the day leading the Central Division in RBI (50) and tied for runs scored (44); his 16 homers are second-best in the division, too. Overall, he's hitting .292/.367/.564 and started 49 games at shortstop with a .977 fielding percentage. He's considered by most outlets to be the best prospect in the Royals' minor league system.