Former Akron Aeros middle infielder Scott Pratt realizes his opportunity to live his ultimate dream was hindered by bad timing – he was an honest professional baseball player who competed in the infamous steroid era. But that does not leave Pratt a bitter man. Pratt played 8 years in the minors, rising to Class AAA after being drafted in the third round and signed by the Indians in 1998. Pratt spent 5 years in Akron and has fond memories of his experiences at Canal Park where he left his mark as one of the most prolific offensive players in team history. "Playing in Akron was great," Pratt said. "The nice field, the great batter’s eye – it’s a great park to hit in. We also had great fans and great delis. The food in Akron was really, really good. And I had great coaches – Brad Komminsk and Mike Sarbaugh. The whole experience in Akron was really good."
Pratt, who starred at Auburn University for 3 years, still holds franchise records for games played, at-bats, runs, hits, triples and stolen bases. Pratt’s best seasons were 2001 when he hit .280 with 13 doubles, 4 triples and 4 home runs and 2002 when he hit .267 with a career-high 17 homers and 54 RBI. Pratt hit .260 with a .397 slugging percentage during his 8-year pro career. Pratt retired after the 2005 season and went on to earn a law degree from the Univeristy of Utah. He passed the bar in Utah a year ago and currently is a law clerk for a federal judge in Utah. He is married with 5 children and coaches baseball teams that include his 2 sons.
Pratt says that the legal profession in Utah is very competitive and he is thankful for his background in professional baseball. "The experiences of playing ball for so long has helped me professionally," he said. "It has taught me to get along with people and the networking is great. Being a former pro ball player, that’s all anyone wants to talk about."