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Colorado Rockies top pick Riley Pint impressing for Grand Junction

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News, notes, and links for Friday, August 19.

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Pioneer notes: Rockies prospect Riley Pint refining 'unbelievable stuff' | MiLB.com News

Riley Pint is showing his best stuff early on in his pro career for the rookie-level Grand Junction Rockies. The 18-year-old has flashed the power, hitting 100 several times in his most recent start, but he's having to learn how to mix in his other pitches. He can't just blow the fastball by professional hitters forever. Pint is already drawing comparisons to current Rockies star Jon Gray.

Carlos Estevez likes throwing 100-mph fastball | MLB.com

Speaking of fast fastballs, Thomas Harding spoke to Carlos Estevez about what it's like to be able to throw a baseball at 100 miles an hour, and as you can imagine, it sounds like it's pretty fun! Carlos also talked about the movie Fastball, and some of the pitchers who feature in the film, including Walter Johnson, Bob Gibson and Nolan Ryan.

Rockies former GM Dan O’Dowd deserves credit for positive direction

Drew Creasman wants to make sure that we don't forget about the positive contributions of Dan O'Dowd, as the Rockies enter their next contention window. Now, Drew isn't saying that O'Dowd is really the mastermind behind this team, but wants to make sure that if we are going to blast him for draft picks like Greg Reynolds, he also gets the credit for drafting Jon Gray.