Phillies prospect Andrew Painter continues dominance with 7 K’s in Clearwater
Andrew Painter, the Philadelphia Phillies #3 overall prospect and 1st round draft pick in 2021 continued his dominance for the single-A Clearwater Threshers this week, striking out seven against the Port St Lucie Mets.
Andrew Painter, 19, was reportedly consistently reaching into the upper 90’s with his fastball, as he tossed four innings of no hit ball while striking out seven against the Port St Lucie Mets.
Painter threw 42 of his 65 pitches for strikes and would have been perfect, if not for the two batters he allowed to reach base on walks.
Last week, Andrew Painter made his full season minor league debut striking out nine in only three innings of work. If you’re doing the quick math in your head, that’s 16 strikeouts in his first 7 innings this season.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves and start setting unrealistic expectations for a teenager. But its pretty easy to get excited about Painter’s potential ceiling, especially in combination with Phillies #1 prospect Mick Abel.
For some reason the Clearwater Threshers are still using a 56K dial up modem to broadcast their games, which means sadly, this is the best video available of his dominance.
There is a longer version bouncing around the internet. Feel free to search it out, but I have to warn you. it made me sick with all the buffering.
Andrew Painter, the 13th overall pick from Calvary Christian High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL was the second consecutive right handed prep arm selected by the Phillies after Mick Abel was taken by the Phils in 2020. Painter was the 2021 Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of FL. His final year of high school he pitched to a dominant 0.31 ERA with 91 strikeouts in only 45 innings.
Painter’s draft profile and early scouting projections after one year of professional ball both point to a prospect capable of developing on at least 3 above average pitches. If he reaches his ceiling, he could end up near the top of a MLB rotation.