MLB Executives vote Andrew Painter as the top pitching prospect in all of baseball
Phillies top prospect Andrew Painter is a human robot, and everyone around Major League Baseball is starting to realize that.
In a recent poll by mlb.com, team executives, general managers, scouts, analytic specialists, and more were all polled about the best prospects in baseball. They were asked who is the best hitter, pitcher, and defender and who has the highest baseball IQ in all of the minor leagues, along with the next MLB closer, the most underrated, and the best amateur prospect in the history of the game is, where Bryce Harper won that category.
The answer for Best Pitching Prospect in the entire minor leagues seemed to be a pretty easy one for most.
Andrew Painter voted as Top Pitching Prospect in all of baseball
Here’s what MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo had to say about the executive’s decision, Painter’s game, and more when the Phillies #1 prospect received a leading 34% of the votes.
“Sometimes you go into a survey expecting one result but you get another. That was the case here, where I figured Rodriguez, our top pitching prospect at the end of 2022, would lead the voting. But the combination of him missing considerable time with a lat strain and Painter dominating across three levels en route to capturing MLB Pipeline Pitching Prospect of the Year honors, landed the Phillies young right-hander in the top spot. Pérez, the 6-foot-8 Marlins righty, wasn’t far behind, though his numbers weren’t quite as eye-popping as Painter’s last year.”
Andrew Painter, 19, went absolutely ballistic in his first full year of minor league action, tallying a 1.48 ERA in 26 starts between three leagues. The awards keep coming for Painter, as he took home the Baseball America MiLB Pitcher of the Year award last week.
Painter started his season off in Single-A with Clearwater and threw a 1.40 ERA in 9 starts before being moved to High-A. He threw a 0.98 ERA in 8 starts with Jersey Shore, tallying 49 strikeouts, good for a K/9 of 12.0.
The Phillies top prospect was elevated to Double-A Reading along with Mick Abel back on August 14th and threw five more starts for the Fightin Phils, allowing just 8 earned runs in 28.1 innings. Along with slugging lefty Darick Hall, Andrew Painter was honored with the Paul Owens Award last Thursday at the Phillies game.
Andrew Painter will most certainly make his MLB debut at some point in 2023 if he’s not on the Opening Day roster. Painter has not logged any innings in Triple-A just yet, which is the one real thing holding him back from being a lock for the 26-man roster. But the #1 pitching prospect in all of baseball will be up with the Phillies sooner rather than later and will most certainly dominate from Day 1.