By Sarah Paley
The Phils sent 19-year-old Andrew Painter out to throw to the National League 2022 HR king.
And Kyle Schwarber didn’t disappoint.
He homered to right off a high breaking ball in his second at-bat.
“S**k it, Painter!” Schwarber yelled after the homer. The Phillies’ vets are having a lot of fun with the 19-year-old and all the attention he’s receiving.
“He’s a lot more mature than 19 years old,” manager Rob Thomson told NBCSP.
“I thought he was fantastic. Stuff was there, he pounded the zone. The last pitch, he hung a breaking ball to Schwarber — it actually wasn’t hung, it was higher than hung — and he just kinda tomahawked it.
“But I thought his reaction to that was really good and our players’ reaction to him was really good. Guys were getting on him and he was taking it and laughing. He understands that there’s going to be mistakes along the way. It bothers him but there’s not a long-term reaction to that.”
Who will lead the MLB in home runs?
Aaron Judge +550
Mike Trout +750
Pete Alonso +900
Kyle Schwarber +1200
Yordan Álvarez +1200
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. +1200
Austin Riley +1400
Fernando Tatís Jr. +1400
Shohei Ohtani +1800
Matt Olson +2000
Kyle Tucker +2000
Giancarlo Stanton +2000 pic.twitter.com/ZkVF2LX3rl
— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) February 22, 2023