With the fourth overall pick of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft tonight, the Colorado Rockies selected right-handed pitcher Riley Pint (PYNT) from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kan.
The 18-year-old native of Lenexa, Kan., went 6-1 with a 0.50 ERA this season for St. Thomas Aquinas with 75 strikeouts in 42 innings pitched. In his most recent outing, Pint struck out 12 in a quarterfinal victory for St. Thomas Aquinas en route to winning the Kansas 5A state championship. In his junior season in 2015, he went 5-2 with a 2.20 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 210-pound right-hander was selected as a 2016 Perfect Game First Team All-American and Central All-Region First Team member. He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Kansas in both his junior and senior seasons.
This is the second consecutive year the Rockies have taken a high school pitcher in the first round (Mike Nikorak, 2015) and the first high school pitcher to be selected with the club's first overall pick since Tyler Matzek was taken 11th overall out of Capistrano Valley High School in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. Pint is the first high school pitcher selected in the first round out of Kansas since Brian Holman in 1983.
The Rockies have two more selections on this first day of the draft: the 38th overall selection in Lottery Round A and the 45th selection in the second round. Rounds three through 10 will be conducted on Friday, and the draft concludes on Saturday with rounds 11-40.