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17u WWBA Day 1 notes

Tournaments : : Story
Jheremy Brown        
Published: Saturday, July 05, 2014

Editor's note: Perfect Game recognizes that there are dozens of standout performers at this year's 17u WWBA National Championship. The thoughts provided below are first-hand observations from Scouting Coordinator Jheremy Brown during the event's first day.

To say that righthanded pitcher Riley Pint (2016, Lenexa, Kan.) made the most of his first Perfect Game event may be an understatement. With the large contingent of recruiting coordinators and a handful of area scouts, the 6-foot-4 Pint went out on the mound and did his thing, showing everybody what they wanted to see.

His third warm up pitch came across at 95 mph, setting the tone for the rest of his start. Along with the stuff Pint brings on the mound, the frame and build is exactly how one would create it if they were able to mold together a prototypical frame. He stands 6-foot-4 with long limbs, a high waist, lean build, broad shoulders, and room to fill with added strength.

He is able to generate tremendous arm speed with an arm action that is loose and easy, helping him to create that big fastball velocity. The ball comes out of his hand cleanly and for the first inning, Pint pretty much sat at 96 mph, occasionally hitting 93 or 94. As the innings progressed, the uncommitted Pint maintained that velocity very well, working in the 93-95 mph range. His two-seam fastball shows very late running action at 92-93 mph with the ability to locate it low in the zone.

The common theme amongst the four offerings from Pint is power and life. His knuckle-curve is his put-away pitch with late depth and sharp life at 84 mph, and when it was put in play the pitch was pounded into the ground. He flashed a changeup both in game and in between innings, working it in the 80-81 mph range. While maintaining the same arm speed and action, Pint gets fading life on his changeup low in the zone, giving him four pitches, all of which he can throw for strikes.





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