Riley Pint RHP Asheville Tourists Low-A (Evaluated 4/9/17)
Fastball (50/65) / Curveball (45/55) / Slider (40/50) / Changeup (35/45)
“We ARE selling jeans here!” – looks the part, standing a wiry 6-4 195lbs with potential to add 15+ pounds. 4th overall pick to Colorado in the 2016 MLB Draft, signed for a $4.8 million bonus. High 3/4s arm slot, nearly from his right ear; struggled repeating his mechanics, often under-rotating, sending his fastball high and arm-side. Easy velocity, looks like he is playing catch – mechanics need refining to improve command/control but no obvious flaws.
4-pitch repertoire- Fastball sits 95-98mph touching 99mph 4x – lower velocities can show sinking and/or cutting movement, upper velocities are lively with arm-side wiggle. Curveball sits 79-83mph with 11-5 movement and late breaking action; starts behind the batter and made several look foolish; true swing-and-miss “55” potential. Showed a few 83-85mph sliders with some hard, late bite; inconsistent but potentially average. Changeup 89-90mph shows excellent arm speed and tumbling arm-side movement; struggles to locate for strikes as it fades out of the zone but freezes batters – “45” potential
Pint will spend all year at 19 y/o and will experience growing pains in his 1st year of full season ball; injury risk due to the premium velocity for a high school arm; will need 3+ years of minor league development. Fastball command will determine ultimate role. #2 starter ceiling, with the likely outcome being a mid-rotation starter and floor as an impact reliever.