Monday Farm Report: Former No. 1 Pint Returns to Mound for Boise
Former first-round draft pick Riley Pint has battled command and injuries since the Rockies selected him as the fourth player taken in the 2016 draft. The right-hander out of Overland Park, Kan., returned to the mound for short-season A Boise on Sunday, working a shutout inning in which he allowed one hit and one walk.
It was Pint's first appearance since June 21, when he allowed one run in four innings but suffered a left oblique strain. Pint opened the season at Low-A Asheville, but retired only one batter in an April 8 start before being removed with a right forearm strain.
Pint did not pitch again until the short-season Northwest League opened and he was in the rotation for Boise, and allowed one run in seven innings of two starts before suffering the oblique injury.
Pint was ranked the third-best prospect in the organization by Baseball America coming into the season, still creating interest from scouts with a triple-digit fastball. The fact he is back on the mound this late in a season creates anticipation that he will be sound enough to be involved with the fall instructional league.
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In Sunday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (60-72) lost 7-6 at Reno. Brett Oberholtzer (6-10, 5.94) allowed six runs on nine hits and three walks, striking out four, in 5 2/3 innings. Josh Fuentes (.319) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, three RBI and his 13th home run. Jordan Patterson (.272) hit his 24th home run, and Pat Valaika (.230), in a pinch-hit role, hit his eighth home run in the ninth to pull the Isotopes within a run.
AA Hartford (60-69) lost 8-3 against Trenton. Evan Grills (3-5, 4.20) allowed eight runs on nine hits and three walks, striking out three, in 4 1/3 innings. Catcher Dom Nunez (.225) was 2-for-4 with a run scored, RBI and his ninth home run. Omar Carrizales (.217) drove in two runs with his fourth home run.
High A Lancaster (34-28 2nd half; 67-65) won 4-3 against Lake Elsinore. Logan Longwith (4-5, 6.78) allowed one run on three hits and a walk, striking out two, in six innings. Vince Fernandez (.264) hit his 24th home run and walked twice. Justin Lawrence (2.81) earned his 10th save.
Low A Asheville (32-28 2nd half; 59-70) won 9-0 at Columbia thanks to a seven-run fourth inning in which Todd Czinege (.315) got started with a two-run home run, his seventh. Ryan Vilade (.276) was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and double.
Short-Season Boise (10-21 2nd half; 31-38) lost 5-2 at Vancouver. Reliever PJ Poulin (1-3, 2.08) gave up three runs in the eighth and suffered the loss. Willie MacIver (.282) was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Rookie Grand Junction (17-11 2nd half; 37-29) lost 3-1 against Idaho, leaving the Rockies with a one-game lead on Ogden in the South Division second-half standings with 10 games to play.Niko Decolati (.320) hit his 10th home run. Fourth-round draft choice Ryan Feltner (0.68) started and pitching four shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out three. The Ohio State product has allowed two runs in 26 2/3 innings at Boise, walking four and striking out 34.