Riley Pint didn’t have to wait long to hear his name called in the Major League Baseball Draft on Thursday.
Pint, a right-handed pitcher, was selected by the Colorado Rockies with the No. 4 overall selection in the first round.
He said in an interview with MLB Network that he is looking forward to the opportunity to pitch at Coors Field in Denver despite the fact that it is known as hitter’s park.
“I hope to develop over the next couple of years and do the best I can,” Pint told MLB Network. “I’m looking forward for the opportunity.”
Pint is known for his fastball. While helping St. Thomas Aquinas win this year’s Kansas 5A state championship, Pint threw in the upper 90s on a consistent basis and sometimes topped 100 mph.
In 49 innings during his senior season at Aquinas, Pint had a 0.43 ERA while striking out 87 batters and allowing 22 hits.
Pint, a two-time Gatorade Player of the year in Kansas, had committed to play college baseball at LSU.