PHILS ’21 TOP PICK ANDREW PAINTER MAY MAKE THE BIGS NEXT YEAR!

By Peter Marx

Here’s a look at the progress Phillies 2021 No. 1 draft pick Andrew Painter has made now that he has made it to Double-A Reading:

Andrew Painter, 19, SP, PHI (A+)
(A+) 36.2 IP, 12.03 K/9, 1.72 BB/9, 0.98 ERA

He’s one of the best pitchers left in the minors with a fastball-slider combo that evokes Spencer Strider.

Painter lives upstairs with 98-mph heat then drops sharp sliders into the strike zone.

Scouting reports indicate his ability to locate the slider outside of the zone is still a work in progress as are the development of a curve and changeup.

Given Strider’s success with the same toolkit, Painter might just find his way to the majors next season as a two-pitch 20-year-old.

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