Andrew Painter, Mick Abel land in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects for 2023
Phillies top prospects Andrew Painter and Mick Abel have both landed in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects for the 2023 season.
#6: Andrew Painter
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. 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.
Painter 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 eight earned runs in 28.1 innings. Along with slugging lefty Darick Hall, Painter was honored with the Paul Owens Award, along with the Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award.
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The hype around Painter’s debut is real. Multiple Phillies have expressed their excitement for the prospect. Rob Thomson said Painter has a really good shot at making the Opening Day Roster after Painter received a formal invite to Major League Spring Training just a few weeks ago. The Phillies’ top prospect has flown through the minor leagues, and expect him to make a big impact for the major league starting rotation in 2023.
#48: Mick Abel
Mick Abel is often forgotten about due to the hype around Painter, but the 21-year-old is really developing into a solid pitcher that’ll be valuable for the Phillies in the near future.
Abel logged a 3.52 ERA with Reading in AA last season, throwing 23 innings and striking out 27. His time in High-A was a bit of a struggle, logging a 4.01 ERA in 85.1 innings, but his juice isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Abel struck out 103 batters in 85 innings while allowing just 6 HRs in that time. Abel received an invite to Major League Spring Training along with Painter.