Andrew Painter is the Readers’ selection for the #3 prospect.
Andrew Patrick Painter was born in Pompano Beach, Florida to parents Pete and Leslie. He attended Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale. As a freshman, Painter committed to the University of Florida.
2018: During his freshman year, Painter made 4 starts among his 9 appearances. He posted a 5-0 record, threw 23.0 innings, had one complete game, walked 9, struck out 38, posted a 0.30 ERA, and 0.78 WHIP.
The summer after his freshman year, Painter played for the USA Baseball 15U National Team in Panama where he earned a Gold Medal and was named to the All-World team.
2019: As a sophomore, Painter posted a 7-2 record in 11 appearances, all starts. He had 3 complete games. In 53.2 innings, Painter walked 11, struck out 77, posted a 1.43 ERA, and a 0.80 WHIP. His team went to the state 4A championship game.
During that summer, Painter was named to the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley Field He was one of two juniors selected.
2020: As a junior, Painter posted a 2-1 record in 4 appearances, 3 starts. In 15.0 innings, he allowed just one run, walked 7, struck out 33 batters, posted a 0.47 ERA, and a 0.73 WHIP. The rest of the season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2021: As a senior, Painter posted a 6-1 record in 11 appearances, 5 starts. He had 3 complete games, one shutout. In 47.0 innings, he walked 15 batters, struck out 93 batters, posted a 0.30 ERA, and 0.70 WHIP. He was named the 2021 Florida Gatorade Player of the Year.
Painter’s career totals at Calvary Christian Academy were –
- 35 appearances
- 26 starts
- 20 wins – 4 losses
- 7 complete games
- 1 shutout
- 138.2 innings pitched (over 4 seasons, including a shortened 2020 season)
- 25 runs, 15 earned runs
- 63 hits
- 42 walks (2.7 BB/9), 241 strikeouts (15.6 K/9)
- 8 HBP, 1 balk, 1 wild pitch
- 1 stolen base
- 0.76 ERA, 0.76 WHIP
The Phillies selected Andrew Painter in the first round of the 2021 Rule 4 Draft. He was the 13th pick overall.
The ever-cautious Phillies didn’t activate Painter until September. He started 4 games for the FCL Phillies in the Complex League and pitched a total of 6.0 innings. He allowed 4 hits, gave up 0 runs, walked none, and struck out 12 batters. He had a 0.667 WHIP, faced 21 batters, had an 18.0 K/9, and a 57.1 K%. In his final start, Painter struck out 5 of 7 batters in 2.0 innings.
Complex level hitters seemed to be over-matched against Painter. In spite of just 6.0 innings at rookie-level, Painter will likely start with the Clearwater Threshers in Low-A where he is probably going to face the same type of hitter he dominated at the Complex. Barring anything other than a normal minor league season, Painter could finish the season at Jersey Shore.
Just like yesterday, I can conceive of a deal where I would include Andrew Painter. He could be another generational talent. Wouldn’t it be great to have 40% of the starting rotation in 2024 locked down with a couple of young arms?