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

Andrew Painter, the Phillies’ most exciting pitching prospect since Cole Hamels, was at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday to collect the Paul Owens Award as the outstanding pitcher in the organization’s minor league system for 2022.

Owens, the late, great World Series championship executive and Phillies legend, would have loved Painter.

“Big right-hander,” he might have said as he marveled at Painter’s considerable talent.

Just 19 years old and a little over a year out of high school, the 6-7, 225-pound Painter climbed from Low Class A ball to Double A this season and dominated all the way.

It’s quite possible that he’s right back at Citizens Bank Park next year — pitching for the Phillies at age 20.

He didn’t sound intimidated by the prospect.

“If they’re ready for that,” he said with a smile. “It’s whatever they do. I just do what they tell me to do and be ready whenever they are.

“Whether that’s Double A, Triple A, or here throughout the year, it’s going to be the same thing. Pitching every sixth day. Just worry about that.”

Painter was the Phillies’ top pick in the 2021 draft out of Calvary Christian High School in Fort Lauderdale. He has pitched 109⅔ innings as a professional and struck out 167 of the 422 batters he’s faced. That’s nearly 40 percent. At three levels this season, he allowed just 67 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 155…

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