Phillies top prospect Andrew Painter visits Philly, could arrive for good in 2023

Andrew Painter, the Phillies’ most enjoyable pitching prospect since Cole Hamels, was at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday to gather the Paul Owens Award because the excellent pitcher in the group’s minor league system for 2022.

Owens, the late, nice World Series championship government and Phillies legend, would have cherished Painter.

“Big right-hander,” he may need mentioned as he marveled at Painter’s appreciable expertise.

Just 19 years outdated and a little bit over a yr out of highschool, the 6-7, 225-pound Painter climbed from Low Class A ball to Double A this season and dominated all the best way.

It’s fairly attainable that he is proper again at Citizens Bank Park subsequent yr — pitching for the Phillies at age 20.

He did not sound intimidated by the prospect.

“If they’re prepared for that,” he mentioned with a smile. “It’s no matter they do. I simply do what they inform me to do and be prepared every time they’re.

“Whether that is Double A, Triple A, or right here all year long, it’ll be the identical factor. Pitching each sixth day. Just fear about that.”

Painter was the Phillies’ top choose in the 2021 draft out of Calvary Christian High School in Fort Lauderdale. He has pitched 109⅔ innings as knowledgeable and struck out 167 of the 422 batters he confronted. That’s almost 40 p.c. At three ranges this season, he allowed simply 67 hits and 18 earned runs whereas hanging out 155 and strolling simply 25 in 103⅔ innings. Painter does all this with a four-pitch combine, together with a excessive ’90s fastball, a wipeout slider, a knee-buckling curveball and an bettering changeup.

Painter nonetheless has floor to cowl in the event course of, however the comparable big-league that educated eyes have used is Justin Verlander. Not dangerous.

Dave Dombrowski, the Phillies’ president of baseball operations, made Painter untouchable on the commerce deadline. Ditto for 21-year-old Mick Abel and 23-year-old Griff McGarry, two different energy arms that pitched at Double A and past this season. All three are prone to be in big-league spring coaching camp in February. All three could make it to the majors subsequent season. Dombrowski has indicated as a lot, citing his previous willingness to convey younger pitchers to the majors rapidly, supplied they present a readiness. Earlier in his profession, Dombrowski introduced 21-year-old Josh Beckett to the majors. Later, he introduced 20-year-old Rick Porcello to the majors.

Back in spring coaching, director of participant growth Preston Mattingly talked in regards to the significance of Painter, Abel and McGarry staying wholesome all season and constructing a workload. Abel pitched 108⅓ innings, struck out 130, walked 50 and gave up 94 hits between High Class A and Double A. Painter and Abel are performed for the season. McGarry is with Triple A Lehigh Valley, working as a reliever as a result of the massive membership wished to see him in that position. The late-season shift from starter to reliever will forestall him from attending to 100 innings. He has struck out greater than 13 batters per 9 innings this season.

Painter acknowledged that his first full season of professional ball glided by rapidly. He’s desperate to see what’s subsequent. He will spend the offseason attempting so as to add power to his decrease physique and dealing on his arm care.

“It’s about work ethic,” he mentioned. “Starters listed below are going 150 to 200 innings, so to have the ability to undergo that workload, you might have to have the ability to maintain that.”

Painter will spend the winter figuring out at Cressey Sports Performance close to his South Florida dwelling. Interestingly, Verlander additionally works on the market.

“I like Verlander,” Painter mentioned when requested if he fashions himself after any specific big-leaguer. “Who would not?”

Slugging first baseman Darick Hall received the Paul Owens Award on the position-player facet. He’s in the center of a 27-homer season at Lehigh Valley. He additionally hit 9 homers in the massive leagues.

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