Phillies top prospect Andrew Painter tosses 6 inning shutout in debut with Double A Reading
Phillies #1 prospect Andrew Painter impressed in his first start for Double-A Reading, tossing 6 shutout innings and striking out 8 in the Fightin’ Phils 8-0 win over the Portland Sea Dogs.
Phillies top prospect and 19-year-old phenom Andrew Painter impressed in his first start for Double-A Reading by tossing 6 scoreless innings, allowing just 3 hits, no walks, and striking out 8 hitters while picking up the win in the victory.
Painter, wearing a crazy uniform that feature a hot dog on the hat, threw 57 of his 87 pitches for strikes while retiring 19 of the 22 batters he faced. His fastball looked sharp topping routinely reaching 98mph and topping out at 99 mph, while keeping hitters from sitting on his off-speed pitch.
Painter has had one of the more dominant seasons by a Phillies minor league pitcher in recent memory, allowing only total 10 earned runs across 18 starts at three minor league levels. Subsequently he has rocketed up the scouting rankings and is now considered by some to be the best pitching prospect in all of the minor leagues.
Let me remind you. Andrew Painter is only 19-year-old. This is Juan Soto/Andruw Jones levels of domination at an early age. I personally don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibilities that Painter and Abel both make the team before summer next season.
Painter, now ranked as the #25 overall prospect in all of baseball was recently promoted with fellow former 1st round pick Mick Abel to Double-A after excelling for most of the season at High-A Jersey Shore.
Abel dazzled in his first start for the Fightin Phils on Saturday, tossing 6 innings and allowing just two earned runs en route to picking up the win for his new ball club.
The combination of Mick Abel, Andrew Painter, and Griff McGarry were labeled as ‘untouchable‘ at this season’s trade deadline by General Manager Dave Dombrowski. The 23-year-old McGarry who also recently cracked the top-100 prospect list starred at the University of Virginia and is widely seen as the closest to making his big league debut in South Philadelphia.
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