By Sam Bush
The Phillies have promoted their top two prospects, right-handers Andrew Painter and Mick Abel, to Double-A Reading, according to a The Athletic’s Matt Gelb.
Painter, the team’s No. 1 prospect and No. 50 overall prospect per MLB Pipeline, and Abel, the team’s No. 2 prospect and No. 52 overall prospect in baseball, have both been pitching for High-A Jersey Shore.
Painter is just 19 years old, and Abel is 20, but both pitchers have impressed the Phillies enough to earn a promotion. Painter, the No. 13 overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, has a 1.19 ERA and 118 strikeouts across 75 1/3 innings in 17 starts this season. Abel, the No. 15 overall Draft pick in 2020, has a 4.01 ERA but 103 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings over his 18 starts.
Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski even suggested in late July that Painter and Abel could be in play for the big league rotation as early as 2023.