According to Russell Dorsey of Bally Sports, the Rockies are set to recall right-handed reliever Riley Pint. Pint is already on the 40-man roster, but of course a move to clear space on the active roster will be necessary to recall Pint, whose first appearance will be his MLB debut.
The 25-year-old Pint was the fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft by the Rockies, and quickly ascended prospect rankings to become a consensus top-50 prospect in the sport ahead of the 2017 campaign. Unfortunately, injuries and control issues lead to Pint being largely ineffective over five seasons in the minors, with an ERA of 5.56 over 68 appearances. Those struggles lead Pint to retire during the summer of 2021, at just 23 years old.
Pint would ultimately reverse course, returning to the Rockies ahead of the 2022 campaign. In 45 2/3 innings of work split across the Double-A and Triple-A level, Pint posted a 4.53 ERA with a strikeout rate near 30%, though he was held back by a 15.5% walk rate. Pint has spent the entire 2023 campaign so far at the Triple-A level, struggling to a 7.41 ERA through 17 innings. While that figure is certainly a cause for concern, as is his massive 18.6% walk rate, it should be noted that Pint is pitching in the notoriously hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, and that some peripheral stats indicate he’s been unlucky to this point, with an unusually high .395 BABIP and a strand rate of just 63.3%.
Pint joins a Rockies pitching staff that has been ravaged by injuries early in the season, with German Marquez, Antonio Senzatela, Noah Davis, and Dinelson Lamet all already on the injured list. That quartet may soon be joined by Ryan Feltner as well, as the right-hander was struck in the head by a line drive during last night’s game against the Phillies.
He has walked one batter per inning in AAA. Sure the park is very hitter friendly but so is coors. Pint will give up a ton of runs in the majors, I feel he only gets those chances becaue he was a high draft pick.
And because the Rockies rotation has been ravaged by injuries.
He gets a chance by default as almost the only available healthy pitcher on the 40-man. I see there is also a guy named Calvo who I confess I have never heard of, and whose AAA stats so far are similarly bad.
After they had to get 7+ innings from the bullpen last night, they need a long relief option for today.
Im sure theres someone they can buy, trade for, claim somewhere. Ryan tapera was just dfad theres some vuys on the edfes of rosters and teams that have guys thag they van let go
Promotion doesn’t make a ton of sense, but I had some success against him in high school. So cool story for me…
If Pint gets a cup of coffee is his glass half full or half empty?
Depends upon whether the Pint comes before or after you release Beer.
Diamondbacks should get him.
Zach Gallen should mentor him and impart every fluid ounce of his know how and maybe Riley will measure up.
Wish you spelled Zac’s name right He is the best pitcher in MLB after all.
Nobody in the league has succeeded to knock ” H” out of him yet, thus it stands!
Fair point, his full name is Zachary and stylistically many go by Zach. Carry on.
At 6’5” definitely not a half pint.
Bart Harley Jarvis
Riley’s more of an Imperial (UK) Pint (20oz.) than a US Pint (16oz.).
Raising a Pint.
Good way to start my mother’s day, getting great news about a Pint.
Obi-Wan taught you well.
Zac Gallen: “Finally a worthy opponent. Our battle will be legendary!”
The PCL in 2023 is nothing but worthless for developing players, and for the MLB at large. Why even do this league like this and not make all the fences 450 feet?? The avg ERA is like 10+. This isn’t helping teams figure out what pitchers are ready and its making all hitters look like HOFers, whats the point?
hope veen changes things, but gosh they struggle to draft. pint never even got off to a hopeful start
Some unit of volume pun
Pints of runs will flow today—eh, there’s better ones out there someone else try
Well at least now there is a chance he won’t go down in history as the worst Rockies draft pick ever. Matt Harrington, you are still at the top.
Greg Reynolds also has a case. Negative career WAR as opposed to zero for Harrington. And the Rockies didn’t end up wasting any signing bonus on Harrington.
I always rate a player that makes it to the majors as higher than a player that doesn’t. Reynolds wasn’t great, but at least he made it and he did have a handful of good starts to go along with his many bad starts
Kruk's Left Nut
While I’m not surprised that this hasn’t been done yet, because, it’s Colorado. But this dude’s profile screams reliever. Just pop him in the pen after the rotation stabilizes and see what happens.
And if Riley can increase his work volume little, he can become a real team liter.
I live super close to the HS he went to and he was always electric. Really root for him as a local kid. Hopefully he can find some semblance of success in the majors. Congrats to him for perseverance coming back after his initial step away from the game.
Veen is a slow starter. Happens every year. Check back on him in a month.
I remember him in the 2016 Draft. I thought his was known for pitching 100 mph while in high school