He looks amazing, I did think the fire one would be my starter for this but then Froakie showed up! :D
I'm in the same boat. Last gen i picked water simply because samurott was the least crappy of the three, and i hated every second of it. This time i will pick it out of actual desire to use it.
I done the same thing as you last gen & ditched him as soon as I got a decent water 'mon. The last couple of gens have sucked for starters, I'm glad it's changed this time.
All 3 look decent this time with one obviously crapper than the other 2 & Froakie being AMAZING! I hope his evolutions are as good though, as that could sway me to the fire starter dependent on how they look.