4. Riley Pint
Riley Pint was the fourth-overall pick of the draft just this past March. Armed with the best fastball in the 2016 draft class (and in the Rockies farm system for that matter), Pint has topped out at 102 MPH and is described as electric. Pint also features a plus-power curveball and has already developed a plus changeup despite hardly throwing one in high school.
Pint’s control is the biggest concern for the 18-year-old. As for most high school guys, Pint’s mechanics are wonky as times and the arm slot changes from pitch-to-pitch. Despite the lack of polish, Pint has the highest ceiling out of the 2016 draft class. Since being drafted, Pint has made six starts at Grand Junction and is 0-4 with a 4.96 ERA. In 16.1 total innings, Pint has struck out 14 while walking six. Clearly, there is no cause for concern seeing he is likely just experiencing growing pains.
Pint projects to make the majors in 2019 if all goes to plan. MLB Pipeline ranks Pint as the No.10 best right-handed pitching prospect.
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