Sunday Farm Report: Former No. 1 Riley Pint Nearing Return With Boise

Right-hander Riley Pint, the Rockies' first-round draft choice in 2016, is expected to return to game action for the first time since June 21 by next weekend. Pint opened the season at Low-A Asheville, but came out of his first start in the first inning with a strained right forearm.

Finally given a clean bill of healthy in June, he joined Short-Season A Boise, where he made two starts before being sidelined with a left oblique strain.

He was 0-2 in limited work during his two starts at Boise before the injury, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and eight walks, striking out seven, in seven innings. Since signing with the Rockies as the fourth player selected in the 2016, he is 3-19 with a 5.37 ERA, walking 92 and striking out 122 in 137 1/3 innings. 

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.

In Saturday's Games

AAA Albuquerque (53-59) lost 18-7 to New Orleans. Mike Tauchman (.340) delivered a third-inning grand slam that gave the Isotopes a 5-4 lead -- briefly. Matt Holliday (.333) was 0-for-3 with a run scored, RBI and three walks in his second game at Albuquerque. Brooks Pounders (0-3, 4.37) suffered the loss, giving up three runs on four hits in the sixth inning. Bret Oberholtzer (6.33) started and allowed four runs on four hits and four walks in five innings. 

AA Hartford (52-58) won 6-3 against Trenton. Roberto Ramos (.217) hit a three-run home run in the fifth, his 10th with the Yard Goats. Frank Duncan (2-2, 4.02) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks, striking out one, in six innings. Mitch Horaceck (2.45) got called on for the final out with the bases loaded in the ninth to earn his first save.

High A Lancaster (26-17 2nd half, 59-54) won 6-5 against Rancho Cucamonga. Manny Melendez (.294) delivered a go-ahead two-run double with two out in the fifth, and Vince Fernandez (.288) hit his 20th home run in the seventh. Salvador Justo (3-1, 6.44) was credited with the win, and Justin Lawrence (2.58) his eighth save. Antonio Santos (4.65) started and allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk, striking out four, in five innings.

Low A Asheville (21-20 2nd half; 48-62) swept a doubleheader against Columbia, 5-1 and 8-0. Lucas Gilbreath (5-8, 5.22) pitched five shutout innings, giving up one hit, a walk and seven strikeouts, for the victory in Game 1. Sean Bouchard (.265) had a two-run double in the fourth. Will Gaddis (5-5, 4.75) pitched six shutout innings, allowing one hit and a walk, striking out three for the victory in Game 2. Todd Czinege (.309) was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a double.

Short-season A Boise (3-9 2nd half; 24-26) lost 5-3 at Everett. Pearson McMahan (2-2, 6.40) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out five, in 4 2/3 innings. Willie MacIver (.299) was 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI.

Rookie Grand Junction (7-4 2nd half; 27-22) lost 4-3 at Idaho Falls. First-round draft choice Ryan Rolison (0-1, 2.12) suffered his first loss in his fifth professional game, allowing an unearned run and one hit in four innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter. The Rockies scored three runs in the seventh on a two-run double by Hunter Stovall (.281) and RBI-single by Niko Decolati (.335). 

Dominican Summer League South (19-35) lost 6-4 to the Nationals. Bladimir Restituyo (.280) was 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI. Luis Noguera (0-2, 7.11) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on four walks and retired two batters before being lifted in the first inning.

Dominican Summer League Northeast (37-19) won 4-2 at the Giants. First baseman Bryant Quijada (.283) hit his first home run, and Raymells Rosa (1.88) earned his 14th save. Luis Amoroso (4-2, 5.59) earned the win in relief of Kleiver Osorio (1.58), who allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk, striking out nine, in six innings.