3 Phillies pitching prospects poised for a huge season

DAVID, PANAMA - AUGUST 19: Andrew Painter #24 of United States pitches in the 2nd inning during the final match of WSBC U-15 World Cup Super Round at Estadio Kenny Serracin on August 19, 2018 in David, Panama. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
DAVID, PANAMA - AUGUST 19: Andrew Painter #24 of United States pitches in the 2nd inning during the final match of WSBC U-15 World Cup Super Round at Estadio Kenny Serracin on August 19, 2018 in David, Panama. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images) /
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The Philadelphia Phillies’ farm system has several pitching prospects poised to break out in 2022

After years of mediocrity, the Philadelphia Phillies‘ farm system is finally turning around.

This year, for the first time since 2017, they improved in the organizational rankings, and in the next few years, will have several elite pitching prospects debut and transform the team.

It’s worth noting that with less than a month of Minor League Baseball under their belts, each pitcher on this list is being judged on small sample sizes. That said, here are three pitching prospects to watch in 2022…

1. Andrew Painter RHP

Andrew Painter is looking great so far this season. Over his first two starts of the season with High-A Clearwater, the Phillies’ 2021 first-round pick has a combined seven shutout innings with 16 strikeouts.

The hard-thrower’s hot start (his fastball is touching 99 mph this season) is even more impressive because it’s a continuation of his 2021 performance, with four shutout starts at the rookie level.

Painter’s big-league ETA is 2025 and the sample size of his pro career so far is small, but if he continues to pitch the way he has, he might arrive ahead of schedule.

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