The Colorado Rockies have selected Riley Pint, a right-handed pitcher out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Kansas with the fourth selection of the 2016 amateur draft.
The Rockies have acquired one of the top high school pitchers in the draft and probably the player with the highest ceiling. Unlike the other top pitching prospects in this draft that faltered as scrutiny increased, Pint elevated his status with a strong senior season.
Ever since Jeff Bridich assumed the responsibilities of General Manager for the Colorado Rockies, the team has prioritized pitchers with good fastballs and Pint definitely fits that description. Like last year, the Rockies have drafted what may be the top talent in the draft despite not having the first overall pick.
Armed with a fastball that was clocked at 102 mph in a showcase before the season, Pint also possesses one of the best changeups in the draft. Additionally, Pint has two breaking pitches that could easily become above average pitches.
There are some questions about Pint's delivery and whether or not the team acquiring him will need to rework it, but Pint has shown tremendous improvement already from the beginning to end of his senior season. A more consistent delivery will also improve his command, which is a necessity.
As a senior, Pint dominated the competition, striking out 87 hitters in 49 innings on his way to 7-1 record and 0.57 ERA.
For more, read our pre-draft profile on Riley Pint.