Though neither was a surprise, LSU lost two future right-handed pitchers Tuesday.
Riley Pint, the No. 4 overall pick in last week’s MLB Draft, will sign a $4.8 million deal with the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, his father told The Kansas City Star. The slot value for Pint’s pick was $5,258,700.
Pint, a Tigers signee from St. Thomas Aquinas (Kansas), has a fastball that’s been regularly clocked in excess of 100 mph and was never considered anything other than a top-10 pick.
Joining Pint in the professional ranks is Kyle Weatherly, a Garland, Texas native with a fastball touching 95 mph. He signed with the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Weatherly, the second of six Tigers signees taken in the MLB Draft, was drafted in the eighth round at No. 252 overall, which has a slot value of $174,750.
Two more signees away for summer
Josh Smith and Jake Slaughter are in exclusive company.
The two 2016 LSU baseball shortstop signees join former Tigers ace Kevin Gausman as the only three signees in coach Paul Mainieri’s tenure to play summer baseball in a collegiate league in the summer prior to their freshman seasons.
Mainieri likened Smith, a four-year starter at Catholic High, to former Bears and Tigers shortstop Austin Nola. Smith is playing for the Danville Dans in the Prospect League where, as of Tuesday night, he was hitting .290 with nine hits in 10 games.
“He’s a really good ballplayer that we have extremely high hopes for,” Mainieri said. “He’s going to go to school practically in the shadow of his home, so why not go away for the summer, experience going away from home for a little bit. Play against college guys, how can that hurt your development? It’ll be a great thing for him.”
Slaughter, meanwhile, is playing with the Gaithersburg Giants in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League. He’s hit .273 with six hits in six games more than 1,100 miles away from his tiny upbringing at Ouachita Christian School.
“(Slaughter) played at such a small school at Ouachita Christian that I thought it was important for him to get out there and face better pitching and play against better athletes on a regular basis,” Mainieri said last week. “In Jake’s case he’s a draft eligible sophomore, so we don’t know how long he’s going to be here. We want to see if he’s going to be ready to contribute sooner rather than later.”
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