Andrew Painter

19-Year-Old PitcherSP
Philadelphia Phillies AA
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 6/1/2023
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
$Signed a $3.9 million contract with the Phillies in July of 2021.
Chance to pitch for big club in '23
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
March 19, 2023
President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Sunday that he believes that Painter (elbow) can pitch for the Phillies in 2023, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Painter remains on schedule to play catch at the end of March, per Dombrowski, once he completes his prescribed four-week rest period. The right-hander was diagnosed with a ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his right elbow, but the Phillies will have the right-hander rest rather than undergo surgery. Painter is one of the top pitching prospects in the sport, and assuming he is able to resume throwing without setbacks, he could provide relevance in the 2023 campaign.
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Diagnosed with sprained UCL
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
March 10, 2023
Painter will be shut down for four weeks after being diagnosed with a proximal ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his right elbow.
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Still no update on right elbow
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
March 9, 2023
Phillies manager Rob Thomson again had no update Thursday on Painter's ailing right elbow, Alex Coffey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Has not been told he needs surgery
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
March 8, 2023
Painter has not been told surgery is needed on his ailing right elbow, Todd Zolecki of reports.
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No update on elbow injury
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
March 7, 2023
Phillies manager Rob Thomson had no update Tuesday on the tests run on Painter's right elbow, Alex Coffey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Undergoing tests on elbow
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
March 3, 2023
Painter is undergoing tests on his right elbow after alerting trainers to some soreness in the area Friday, Paul Casella of reports.
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