Hey guys I took a run down to McCormick field in Asheville last week to see the Tourists (Rockies) take on the West Virginia Power. High profile RHP Riley Pint was throwing for Asheville and he was impressive.
Pint- Age 19, listed 6’4″ 195 lbs, bats and throws right. He was drafted 4th overall in the 2016 draft out of High School in Overland Park, KS (Kansas City Metro).
Pint is long and pretty well put together. I guessed on the field he was 6’4″ 200 lbs, there is plenty of projection left. He stands on the 1st base side of the rubber, utilizes a high 3/4 release point and a high leg kick. He gets to an excellent plane. There is some effort in the delivery, head whack and some fall off. He has a fast arm and he repeats pretty well despite the effort. The ball comes out clean.
The fastball is electric, it sat 94-97 touched 98 a few times and 99 once. The pitch was coming down hill when he finished (there were a few at the belt early). A few of them seemed to dive in on RHH. He held the velo throughout the start, still touching 98 in his 4th and final inning. 70
The primary bender was an 11/5 curve ball that sat 77-80. They had nice shape and decent bite when he got on top of them. They weren’t easy to pick up out of hand. 50
The change up sat 85-87 with some sink. He was able to match the arm of the fastball pretty well. 45
Pint also threw a couple of mid 80’s benders that showed a lot of life.
Sequencing: Pint worked off of the fastball all night, throwing the pitch 80% of the time with 15% curves and 5% change.
Conclusion: Pint is fun to watch, he’s big up top with wide shoulders I suspect he’ll hold up very well to the rigors of starting pitching. His electric fastball is overpowering although command has a ways to come. All of his secondaries show promise and I’m particularly intrigued by the harder of the two breaking balls. He shows good feel for a change up. He has high end #2 upside or perhaps higher. The risk is very high, due to age, distance from bigs and effort in the delivery. He’ll probably move at one level per year, to boost the innings. Which will have him knocking on the door in 2020.
Here’s we get a good look at Riley Pint as he takes on Micker Adolfo of the Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox). Video courtesy of friend of the site Future Sox. Check them out on Twitter (@FutureSox) for tons of Minor League White Sox coverage.
Up next at Notes is a 1st Impression piece on Hickory (Rangers) CF Leody Taveras.