Tuesday Farm Report: Pint Close to Rejoining Short-Season A Boise
Right-hander Riley Pint, the Rockies' first-round draft choice in 2016, has begun throwing off the mound at the Rockies complex in Scottsdale, Az., and could return shortly to short-season Class A Boise. Pint has been sidelined since June 21 with a left oblique strain that is not considered serious.
Pint's professional career has been challenging, but he remains highly thought of throughout the game. He is 3-19 with a 5.37 ERA in his career, having started 36 games, pitching 137 1/3 innings in which he has walked 92 batters and struck out 122.
With all of that, he is still ranked in the top 100 prospect lists by both Baseball America and MLB.com. He has a dominating fastball and while he has a concerning number of walks, scouts say he is not Steve Dalkowski wild.
He opened this season at Low-A Asheville, but retired only one batter in an April 8 start before coming out with a forearm strain. He worked out in extended spring training with the Rockies, and then opened the short-season Class A season with Boise, where he made two starts, and had a 1.29 ERA to go with an 0-2 record at the time of the oblique injjury.
He worked seven innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits and eight walks, striking out seven.
In Monday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (44-45) is off for the Triple-A All-Star Break. The Isotopes will resume play Thursday at Las Vegas. Albuquerque outfielder Mike Tauchman, who is on the Pacific Coast League All-Star team, won the infield/outfield accuracy throwing contest during Monday's All-Star festivities in Columbus, Ohio.
AA Hartford (43-44) was off for the Eastern League All-Star Game. The Yard Goats resume play Thursday at Harrisburg.
High A Lancaster (11-8 second half; 44-45) lost 5-4 at Rancho Cucamonga, leaving 15 runners on base. Max George (.231) hit his 11th home run, sixth in 10 games. Carlos Herrera (.307) was 3-for-5 with an RBI and double. Tyler Nevin (.292) also had three hits. Matt Dennis (6-9, 5.27) allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk, striking out four in 5 2/3 innings.
Low A Asheville (11-6 2nd half; 38-48) lost 6-1 against Greenville. Chad Spanberger (.319) was 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to seven games in which he is 15-for-28 with three home runs and nine RBI. Frederis Parra (0-1, 8.38) allowed four runs on nine hits, striking out five in 5 2/3 innings in his second start since being promoted from short-season A Boise.
Short Season A Boise (14-11) won 7-6 at Vancouver. Matt Hearn (.361) capped off a 3-for-4 night with a two-out single in the top of the ninth that scored Cole Anderson with the winning run. Anderson (.189) delivered a three-run home run in the second. Boby Johnson (2-0, 2.35) blew the save but was credited with the win. PJ Poulin (0.00) earned his second save. The 11th-round draft choice has allowed three unearned runs in eight innings over eight appearances, giving up five hits and three walks, and striking out 13.
Rookie Grand Junction (11-13) was off.
Dominican Summer League South (13-19) lost 8-1 against Mets 1. Luis Noguera (0-1, 6.57) allowed four runs on two hits and three walks in two innings.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (17-15) lost 5-4 at Pirates 2. Eddy Diaz (.287) was 2-for-4 with a run scored, double, RBI and walk. Walking Cabrera (.243) was 3-for-4 with a double. Luis Amoroso (1-2, 7.41) allowed three runs on four hits and two walks, striking out one in two innings. Carlos Perez (0.90) started and allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks, striking out three in four innings.