How Rockies prospect stacks up vs. 2016 peers

How Rockies prospect stacks up vs. 2016 peers

The road to the major leagues is difficult, even for pitchers selected in the first round. Rockies prospect Riley Pint, the fourth overall pick in 2016, certainly has discovered that.

Following is an update on pitchers selected in the first round of the 2016 major league draft:

No. 3, RHP Ian Anderson, Braves
Drafted out of Shenendehowa (N.Y.) High School, Anderson has been a success story. He made his big-league debut on Aug. 26 and promptly took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Yankees. He posted a 1.95 ERA over his six regular-season starts. He started in Game 7 of the NLCS vs. the Dodgers, getting a no-decision after pitching three innings. He’s a big part of Atlanta’s future.

No. 4, RHP Riley Pint, Rockies
Bouts of wildness and nagging injuries have stalled Pint’s development. In four professional seasons since being drafted out of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Kan.) High School, Pint has thrown just 156 innings, including only 26 innings in 2018-19. He’s currently pitching in the Arizona Instructional League.

No. 6, LHP A.J. Puk, Athletics
Drafted out of the University of Florida, he remains a top prospect, but shoulder surgery wiped out his 2020 season. He returned from Tommy John surgery in 2018 to pitch well out of the A’s bullpen in September 2019.

No. 7, LHP Braxton Garrett, Marlins
Selected out of Florence (Ala.) High School, Garrett made his first two big-league starts this season. Tommy John surgery in 2017 slowed his progress but he’s making strides and could be part of Miami’s rotation in 2021.

No. 8, RHP Cal Quantrill, Padres
Drafted out of Stanford, Quantrill made his major league debut with the Padres on May 1, 2019. At this year’s trade deadline, he was shipped to Cleveland as part of the package for Mike Clevinger and Greg Allen. As a reliever, Quantrill appeared in eight games for the Indians with a 1.84 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings.

No. 9, RHP Matt Manning, Tigers
There’s a big upside for the righty, who was drafted out of Sheldon (Calif.) High School. Manning was named the 2019 Double-A Eastern League pitcher of the year, going 11–5 with a 2.56 ERA while also leading the league in strikeouts (148). He was part of the Tigers’ alternative camp this season but was shut down because of forearm tightness.

No. 12, LHP Jason Groome, Red Sox
Selected out of Barnegat (N.J.) High School, the lefty underwent Tommy John surgery in 2018 and has thrown just 66 minor-league innings, including four in 2019, since being drafted.

No. 17, RHP Forrest Whitley, Astros
Selected out of San Antonio’s Alamo Heights High School, Whitley’s rough minor-league road has included a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He entered 2019 as one of baseball’s top prospects but Whitley allowed four earned runs or more in six of his eight appearances for Triple-A Round Rock. When he’ll make the majors remains a big question for Houston.

No. 19 RHP Justin Dunn, Mets
Drafted out of Stanford, Dunn was traded to Seattle in December 2018 as part of a deal that sent Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets. He made his major league debut on Sept. 12, 2019, vs. Cincinnati. In 14 total starts for the Mariners, he’s posted a 4.13 ERA. Though he’s struggled with command issues, he looks to be part of Seattle’s future rotation.

No. 21, RHP TJ Zeuch, Blue Jays
The righty out of the University of Pittsburgh made his big-league debut Sept. 17, giving up one run over three innings vs. the Yankees. Zeuch finished the season 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA over 11 1/3 innings. He profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter or might be converted into a reliever.

No. 25, LHP Eric Lauer, Padres
The Kent State product was traded to Milwaukee (along with second baseman Luis Urias) in exchange for outfielder Trent Grisham and right-hander Zach Davies in November 2019. Lauer made his big-league debut vs. the Rockies on April 24, 2018, giving up six runs in three innings. He had a so-so 2020 season for Milwaukee but appears to be in the mix for a spot in the rotation in 2021.

No. 26, RHP Zack Burdi, White Sox
The former Louisville Cardinal made his big-league debut Aug. 8, pitching a scoreless inning of relief against Cleveland. He appeared in eight games for the White Sox, posting an 11.05 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings. Clearly, he has a lot of work ahead of him.

No. 27, RHP Cody Sedlock, Orioles
Sedlock, a star at the University of Illinois, made big strides in 2019, advancing to Double-A and posting overall impressive numbers in two levels of the minors: 2.86 ERA with 100 strikeouts and 46 walks in 95 innings. But Sedlock, who’s been slowed by injuries, including Thoracic outlet syndrome in 2018, remains on a slow track to the majors.