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Thursday, February 16, 2023

Tato Pratts pitched well at short-season Elmira; Saw four pro seasons, made single-A

Tato Pratts 1990 Lynchburg Red Sox card, Pratts with mustache posing with glove

Elmira reliever Tato Pratts came on in the seventh inning of this August 1988 game and proceeded to pitch to the end - through the 13th inning, The Elmira Star-Gazette wrote.

Pratts gave up four hits in that span for the win, enough for his manager to praise both him and the team's starter after the 2-1 win.

"The pitching was really good tonight," Manager Bill Limoncelli told The Star-Gazette. "Both guys did an excellent job."

Pratts did that job in his first season as a pro. He went on to see time in four. He topped out at single-A.

Pratts' career started that year, signed by the Red Sox as an undrafted free agent out of his native Puerto Rico. Pratts was also credited by his given name, Alberto Pratts.

Pratts started with the Red Sox at short-season Elmira. He saw 17 relief outings and went 3-1, with six saves. He picked up his fifth save in a July game. 

Pratts moved to single-A Lynchburg for 1989. He saw an abbreviated eight-game season before returning to Lynchburg at high-A for 1990. He saw 29 relief outings then and went 6-1, with a 6.64 ERA.

Pratts gave up a home run in a June game to a hitter who guessed Pratts' 3-1 pitch, The Durham Sun wrote.

"I knew he'd throw a screwball, so I just sat on it," hitter Keith Mitchell told The Sun.

Pratts returned for one more brief stint in 1991. He saw four relief outings back at Elmira to end his career.

Tato Pratts 1990 Lynchburg Red Sox card, Pratts with mustache posing with glove

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,128
Made the Majors:1,366-33.1%
Never Made Majors:2,762-66.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:556
10+ Seasons in the Minors:337

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