Riley Pint, selected by the Rockies as the fourth player to be drafted in the 2016 first-year player draft, was considered the best high school pitching prospect at the time. His progress in pro ball, however, has been slow, although his potential has him still ranked as the eighth-best prospect in the Rockies organization.
And recently, the Rockies are seeing sign of that overpowering right-handed pitcher they drafted. Moved into the bullpen after struggles early in this season at Low-A Asheville, Pint is showing signs of being that dominant late-inning reliever, although the Rockies have used him in middle innings so far.
Pint worked a shutout inning in Ashville's 3-2 victory against Charleston in the South Atlantic League on Tuesday. H has now unscored upon in his last seven appearances, each one inning apiece, leading to speculation the Rockies will turn attention to him becoming a reliever instead of a starter.
There has been a drastic change. Six appearances -- three starts and three relief appearances -- into the season, Pint had a 29.45 ERA, allowing 12 runs in 3 2/3 innings on four hits and 17 walks. In his stretch of seven scoreless one-inning appearances Pint has allowed two walks and two hits, striking out eight.
In Tuesday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (23-23) lost 9-2 at Las Vegas (A's). Tim Melville (2-1, 1.76) was the victim of a defensive lapse in losing for the first time in three starts since the Rockies signed him out of the independent Atlantic Leauge. Melville allowed five runs, only two earned, on eight hits, striking out four in 5 2/3 innings. The Isotopes committed four errors. Peter Mooney was (.263) was 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and RBI. Brian Mundell (.383) extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a double.
AA Hartford (24-21) lost 4-1 against Erie (Tigers). Vince Fernandez (.295) doubled and Manuel Melenedez (.231) singled for the Yard Goats' only hits. Ty Culbreth (3-3, 4.08) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks, striking out three in five innings.
High A Lancaster (23-20) won 2-1 at Inland Empire (Angels). The JetHawks scored both runs in the sixth inning on a Carlos Herrera single and throwing error. Nate Harris (2-2, 4.67) earned the win in relief, allowing one hit and one walk, striking out four in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Salvador Justo (3.54) pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out one, for his fifth save. Lucas Gilbreath (3.86) started and allowed one run on four hits and four walks, striking out six in 4 2/3 innings.
Low A Asheville (17-27) won 3-2 against Charleston (Yankees). Coco Montes (.240) was 1-for-4, doubleing and scoring a run, and then putting down a game-ending squeeze bunt for an RBI. Will Golsan (.226) was 1-for-3, scoring a running and driving in a run. Alfredo Garcia (8.08) started and worked six scoreless innings, allowing one run on three hits, and striking out nine. Alexander Martinez (1-3, 2.84) earned the victory after blowing the save, giving up two runs on four hits, striking out three in one inning.