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Pint begins big-league career at Suplizio; former GJ Rockies make Major League impacts

Riley Pint’s big-league career began with the Grand Junction Rockies. The 18-year-old Pint finished 1-5 with a 5.35 ERA.

It was big news when the Colorado Rockies drafted a Kansas high school pitcher who could throw a baseball 102 mph.

It was big news for Grand Junction when Riley Pint inked his contract and started his career with the Grand Junction Rockies.

Pint struggled before putting together a solid outing late in the season where he shut out Orem for five innings.

Taken with the No. 4 pick in the 2016 MLB draft, the right-handed Pint finished with a 1-5 record and a 5.35 ERA.

It was also big news when some former Grand Junction Rockies started making an impact with the big club.

Outfielder David Dahl had a memorable hitting streak with the Colorado Rockies this summer, breaking the franchise record with a 17-game hitting streak. The mark is tied for the most by a rookie in Major League Baseball history.

Jon Gray, although he spent time in the big leagues last season, started his rookie year in 2016 as one of the best young pitchers in baseball.

He finished with a 10-10 record and 4.61 ERA, but struck out 185 batters in 168 innings and held opponents to a .149 batting average.

He was tied for sixth in the National League rookie of the year voting, finishing behind only one pitcher, Los Angeles’ Kenta Maeda.

Other former GJ Rockies — outfielders Ramiel Tapia and Jordan Patterson, pitchers Carlos Estevez, Scott Oberg, Eddie Butler and Matt Carasiti also saw time in the big leagues.


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