Jon Gray set the formula for the Colorado Rockies organization drafting process. Jeff Bridich and his team are betting on the notion that power fastballs are effective, no matter how many feet you play above sea level. Bridich is betting his legacy on this notion and even if it fails, nobody can blame him for trying.
The Rockies drafted 24 pitchers in the 2016 draft. Many of them are right-handed, including the number one draft pick Riley Pint. Of those 24 pitchers, 21 are out of college. Even if not one pitcher in this draft works out, the strategy shows the Rockies are emphasizing pitching. That is a much welcomed shift.
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While Pint didn’t have a strong pro debut, that is the point of Rookie ball. A big part of the future of this franchise is just 18 years old. He just graduated high school. He’s going to need time to develop. There are many promising features of Pint’s game and many promising players in the 2016 draft. Get to know them in this article. Trust me, there is a lot to look forward to.
Keep reading to see how every draftee to sign with the Rockies fared in 2016.