Andrew Painter

20-Year-Old PitcherSP
Philadelphia Phillies AA
60-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 6/27/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Painter, a lean 6-foot-7 righty whom the Phillies selected out of high school with the No. 13 overall pick in 2021, dominated Single-A hitters (35.6 K-BB%) across nine starts to open his first full season. It was noteworthy, but many pitchers with command of complete arsenals (four pitches led by 70-grade upper-90s fastball and plus slider) cruise through that level of the minors. However, prospectors really started taking notice when Painter didn't skip a beat after promotions to High-A and Double-A. His walk rate actually fell from 10.7% at Single-A to 4.9% at High-A and 1.8% in 28.1 innings at Double-A while his strikeout rate remained above 33%. He led qualified minor-league starters in WHIP and K-BB% and ranked second in ERA and won't turn 20 until April 10. A distinguishing factor for Painter relative to some of the game's other top young pitching prospects is that he threw six-plus innings in eight of his 22 starts and completed seven innings three times. The idea of a pitcher this young making an impact in a big-league rotation will be hard for some to buy, but Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski brought Jeremy Bonderman and Rick Porcello to the majors as 20-year-olds when he ran things in Detroit, and the Phillies have a top-heavy rotation with room for a fresh face in 2023. Sometimes when teenagers dominate like this across their first full-season, the encore can be disappointing (Forrest Whitley, MacKenzie Gore). Jose Fernandez's 2013 rookie season is a best-case example. If Painter picks up where he left off this spring, the notion of him winning a rotation spot out of camp will start to gain traction and the market will react accordingly. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $3.9 million contract with the Phillies in July of 2021.
Throwing bullpen sessions
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
May 25, 2023
Painter (elbow) has begun throwing "short" bullpen sessions, Todd Zolecki of reports.
Painter has progressed from long toss to throwing from the front of the mound, roughly 50-to-55 feet away from the plate. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said that he expects Painter to pitch in game action this season -- potentially for the big-league club. On the other hand, he also reiterated that the team is being very careful with its top pitching prospect, and there is still plenty of progress to be made in his recovery.
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Advances to long-toss
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
May 9, 2023
Painter (elbow) began throwing long toss Tuesday from a distance of 120 feet, Corey Seidman of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
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Advances to 90-feet throwing
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
April 27, 2023
Painter (elbow) advanced to playing catch from a distance of 90 feet Thursday, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Set to increase catch distance
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
April 12, 2023
Painter (elbow) is scheduled to play catch out to 60 feet Friday, Corey Seidman of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
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Plays catch Monday
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
April 10, 2023
Painter (elbow) played catch Monday for the first time since March 1, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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On minor-league IL
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
April 8, 2023
Painter (elbow) was placed on Double-A Reading's 60-day injured list Thursday.
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