The Cincinnati Reds hold the second overall selection in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft. It’s the highest that they have ever picked in the history of the organization (the draft dates back to 1965). To say that it’s important to get this pick right would be an understatement. In theory, you should be selecting one of the top two position players or pitchers in the entire draft. You should be drafting someone who has the talent to be a perennial all-star caliber player.

While the college season has been going strong for about five weeks now, the high school baseball season has slowly been trickling out across the country. Warmer state schools began at the start of the month and some colder states haven’t even begun to play yet. One of the top arms in the draft, high school pitcher Riley Pint finally made his 2016 debut on Wednesday for St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Kansas City.

The right handed pitcher entered the season ranked as the #4 prospect for the draft by both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline. His stuff was electric heading into the year with a fastball that sat 93-95 and touched 98 MPH to go with a slider with plus potential and a solid, but seldom used change up. There were some concerns about his ability to repeat his mechanics, leading to control problems.

After his first start, everything on that scouting report looked better. It was just one start, but Perfect Game has up a nice article detailing how things looked.

Pint’s three innings on the mound were nothing short of spectacular.  He pitched at 95-99 mph in the first inning and settled in at 93-96 for the next two frames.

The biggest revelation of the outing, however, was Pint’s changeup, which he threw 8-10 times almost all at 88 mph.  Pint manipulated the grip to where he alternately got both standard changeup fade and run but other times created cutter/slider type action on the pitch.

There’s more at the link, so be sure to go read the entire thing. No right handed high school pitcher has ever gone first overall, and the Phillies certainly seem to be leaning towards lefties Jason Groome or AJ Puk at this point in time, but Riley Pint’s debut certainly has to put him in the conversation to be taken at the top of the draft or maybe even second if what he showed in the opener continues for the rest of the spring.

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