OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Two local athletes are closer to achieving their dream of playing Major League Baseball, after their names were called in the 2016 draft Thursday night.
The Colorado Rockies selected right-hander Riley Pint from Overland Park. Pint attended St. Thomas Aquinas and helped the team win the Kansas 5-A state title. The 18-year-old who has had his fastball clocked at over 100 mph watched the draft with 300 of his closest friends and family at the Blue Hills Country Club.
After hearing his name called, Pint sent out a tweet that said, "Blessed to be part of the Colorado Rockies organization."
Pint's signing bonus was more than $5-million. Pint said he plans to put the money in the bank and focus on baseball.
Shawnee Mission East's Joey Wentz was also selected in the 2016 MLB Draft. Wentz was taken with the 40th overall pick by the Atlanta Braves.
Wentz watched the draft at his Leawood home. His signing bonus is slotted in the $1.6-million range.
Wentz is a 6 foot 5 inch tall lefty, who can also play first base, but the Braves indicated they expect him to pitch.
Wentz also posted about his excitement on social media.
Wentz and Pint have been friends since second grade.
"Riley's one of my closest friends not only in baseball, but outside of baseball we're really close too," Wentz explained to FOX 4 in an early interview. They aren't brothers by blood, but they're brothers in baseball. Together, they're about to take the first big step in their professional baseball lives.
Click here to hear them tell the story of their friendship that appears to have the makings of the storied friendship between late greats Joe Garagiola and Yogi Berra.