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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Phillies Griff McGarry
Virginia pitcher Griff McGarry (25) throws a pitch against Mississippi St. in the first inning during game eight in the NCAA Men’s College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Tuesday, June 22, 2021 in Omaha, Neb.Miss St Virginia 007 /

2. Griff McGarry RHP

Drafted four rounds after Andrew Painter last summer, Griff McGarry is emerging as a top talent in the Phillies organization. While he could be a starter, he’s looking more like an elite bullpen arm, with the scouting report calling his stuff “elite, plain and simple.”

An elite bullpen arm would certainly be a welcome change for the Phillies, whose bullpen tied MLB’s blown save record last season.

Over his first three innings of work this season, McGarry has struck out eight of nine batters faced, and no opponent has reached base. He’s lowered his walk rate significantly since his college days, which is key, as the Phillies already walk more than enough batters. His pro career so far is a small sample size, but it’s very encouraging to see his command improving.

We’ll let his appearance this week speak for itself…

McGarry’s ETA is 2024.

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