Colorado Rockies: The top 25 players under 25 years old
18 Riley Pint
The fourth overall pick in 2016 MLB draft, the 6-foot-4 flame-throwing Pint struggled in his first full season of pro ball. In fact, even after his 22 starts at Single-A Asheville, he starts this year as a repeat one as his 102 MPH fastball is right back with the Tourists.
Pint went 2-11 in 22 starts with a 5.42 ERA. He walked 59 and struck out 79 in his 93 innings of work in 2017. This may be the most silver-lining take on Pint but he was three years younger than the average in an extremely hitter-friendly league. Plus Pint rather famously is not used to throwing that much in season as Jeff Passan chronicled Pint in his book about youngsters who are two sport starts. While this might keep Pint from injury in the future, it’s almost a given that he was not used to throwing nearly 100 innings of pro ball in a season.
Now it wasn’t a success and if it was he would be starting in Lancaster but it was not the disaster that some have made it out to be.
Pint is still in the top 100 of every major baseball prospect list and almost everyone has him as the Rockies’ peak pitching prospect.
Basically every part of Pint is being changed besides his fastball … his arsenal, mechanics and more. This is being done while he has a leash on him so that explains the numbers if you still needed an explanation.
Pint could be an ace. He could be the best pitcher in the game some day. He also could be a player who never reaches the Majors. He has no command at times and that will be what separates if he can or can’t reach his potential. First, Pint needs to repeat his delivery and the command should follow. However, if you trust the raw stuff, Pint is imposing. He is also a long way from the Majors.