Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves pick local teens in MLB Draft

Pint picked #4, Wentz picked #40 overall
Posted at 2:17 PM, Jun 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-10 08:18:46-04

Two local teens were selected in the 2016 MLB Draft on Thursday night. 

Saint Thomas Aquinas senior Riley Pint was selected No. 4 overall in the MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies. The 18-year-old just led his team to a state championship and throws a ball more than 100 mph. 

Shawnee Mission East pitcher Joey Wentz was selected No. 40 overall by the Atlanta Braves. He didn't allow a hit in his first 23 innings pitched this year. 

It didn't take long for Pint to put on his new Rockies hat.

“Ever since I was a kid I always dreamed of playing in the major leagues, and to have it finally come true is just unbelievable," he said. 

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Pint's mom, Missy Pint, remembers her son telling her he'd play professionally. He was 6 years old.

"He was literally pointing at the TV set and said, ‘Mom, I'm gonna be here someday,’ and it was a Royals game," she said.

Riley Pint credits his family and friends as well as his teammates, like Dallas Mitchell, the catcher on the other end of his 100 mph pitches.  

"Just hearing his name and just knowing that I was catching him is just awesome," said Mitchell.