Riley Pint – P – Round 1 – Pick 4
The prize of the draft and the future of the organization came in the form of high schooler who’s right arm was dipped in magic gold. Scratch that. A high schooler who can throw over 100 mph is better than gold. Pint turned out to foreshadow what was to come for the Rockies in the 2016 draft.
Looking at the numbers for Pint for the Grand Junction Rockies you won’t be impressed at first glance. He went 1-5 with a 5.38 ERA in 37 innings. He walked 23 batters and struck out 36 with a 1.78 WHIP. But Rockies fans have to be patient with Pint. He’s 18. Good news is he is 6′ 4″ 215 lbs. and he consistently hit 99 mph in several starts. His fastball is dominate and he has a above average curveball that was moving in Grand Junction. In his first win of the season he threw five scoreless innings and got eight ground balls mixing his stuff effectively. Grand Junction pitching coach Ryan Kibler compared Pint favorably to Eddie Butler and Jon Gray who both pitched in Grand Junction. If Pint sticks to the formula he used to get his first pro win, he can find success like those aforementioned righties have.