Amidst the mediocrity of the Philadelphia Phillies’ major league club, it went relatively under the radar yesterday that Andrew Painter dominated again in the third start of his Double A career.
The 19-year-old pitching phenom turned seven strong innings against a tough Yard Goats lineup, allowing just one run on eight hits while striking out nine.
Painter has done it all and then some this season. Across three levels, he has managed 20 starts, culminating in 94.2 innings of 1.24 ERA baseball. He has allowed just 57 hits in that span and has walked just 24 batters. Conversely, he has struck out 141 batters. Those kinds of numbers over the course of nearly 100 innings are borderline unfathomable.
It will be fascinating to see how the Phillies approach Painter and his workload next season. He’s still so young, and the last thing any organization would want to do is rush their most talented prospect, but it’s tantalizing to think that their premier talent could be red-striped as early as next season.
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Triple-A: Guthrie pulled during a third straight multi-hit effort
After it was reported that Nick Castellanos would be seeing a specialist for inflamed hair, speculation was rife. The Phillies are very short on outfield talent in the upper minors.
Fortunately, one of their most prominent utility depth pieces in Dalton Guthrie has been an absolute flop of late, posting his third straight multi-hit effort on Saturday. He was pulled early from that match for no reason given. Let the speculation begin again.
Guthrie is having a second consecutive career hitting season, hitting a big jump in 2021 with an outstanding 2022 in which he hit .302 with an .839 OPS. His contact tool is a confirmed plus at this point, which is an exciting development for the former sixth rounder.
At 26 years old, Guthrie went from nothing to something over the course of two seasons and proved he’s ready for the biggest jump of all.
Double-A: Andrew Baker named Phillies System Pitcher of the Month
In a more than deserved announcement, the Phillies named Andrew Baker their Minor League Pitcher of the Month on Saturday.
In 11 appearances in the month of August, Baker allowed just three earned runs, a 1.93 ERA. In that same span, he struck out 23 batters and walked just four.
Something really clicked with the young fireball player. He dominated at every level, including a stunning performance Friday when he followed Griff McGarry and struck out three in two perfect innings.
He has a chance to come through the Phillies’ system.
High-A: Two more hits for Baron Radcliff as the Scorcher continues
For the second straight game, Baron Radcliff had two hits for the BlueClaws. Both were single.
On Saturday, Radcliffe was named the Phillies’ goaltender of the month for August after recording an unreal 23-game hitting streak. He batted .347 with eight home runs while hitting at a .733 clip. This month alone brought him over the .800 OPS mark for the season.
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It’s been a tough year hitting-wise for the 23-year-old, but there’s some optimism for the young outfielder’s outlook given his three-true-scoring credentials.
It was a career season for him, and he will surely start 2023 in Double-A.
Single-A: Threshers placed Justin Crawford on the injured list
After three straight days of being put off, the Threshers were finally able to score a game on Saturday. The players were probably a little rusty, which explained the lack of results.
In other news, the Threshers placed Justin Crawford on the 7-day disabled list on Saturday, with no specific injury listed.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs vs. Norfolk Tides: L 2-7
LHP Eric Miller – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Mark Appel – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Reading Fightin Phils vs. Hartford Yard Goats: W 3-1
RHP Billy Sullivan – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
OF Johan Rojas – 0-for-4, 2 K
Jersey Shore BlueClaws vs. Hudson Valley Renegades: L 13-2
INF Kendall Simmons – 3-for-4, R, BB
RHP Sam Jacobsak – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Clearwater Threshers vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers: L 2-1, L 4-1
RHP Gunner Mayer – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K
RHP Orion Kerkering – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
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