Phillies prospects Andrew Painter and Mick Abel are among MLB’s best.
Philadelphia Phillies President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski seemed committed to improving the club at this month’s trade deadline, while not parting ways with some of the organization’s top-ranked prospects. Among them included right-handed starting pitchers Andrew Painter and Mick Abel.
Respectively drafted 13th overall (2021 draft) and 15th overall (2020 draft) out of high school, the duo has been named to Major League Baseball’s prestigious and recently updated midseason Top 100 Prospects list.
Ranked as the No. 25 prospect in baseball, Painter is 4-1 with a 1.11 ERA, 0.848 WHIP, and 130-23 strikeouts-to-walks ratio spanning 21 starts and 81 1/3 professional innings so far in the Phillies organization. In his last three combined starts with High-A Jersey Shore, Painter threw 20 scoreless innings with 25 strikeouts and just three walks allowed.
Abel, meanwhile, is the MLB’s No. 57-ranked prospect. While his stats are not as eye-catching as Abel’s, the Oregon native has struck out 169 batters through 130 professional innings and 32 starts. He went 7-8 with a 4.01 ERA in 18 starts this season with High-A Jersey Shore.
Both Painter, 19, and Abel — who turns 21 on Thursday, August 18 — were recently promoted from Jersey Shore to Double-A Reading.
Ranking 10 spots behind Abel is former Phillies top catching prospect Logan O’Hoppe — who the organization dealt to the Los Angeles Angels earlier this month for center fielder Brandon Marsh.
Slotting between Painter and Abel is the No. 38-ranked Curtis Mead — an infielder the Phillies dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays in November 2019 for left-handed pitcher Cristopher Sanchez.
The Phillies have the second-fewest Top 100-ranked prospects among National League East teams — besting the Atlanta Braves (No. 79). The division-leading New York Mets (Nos. 1, 19, 40, 90) and Washington Nationals (Nos. 23, 29, 35, 58) are tied for having the most in the division. Had the Phillies kept O’Hoppe and Mead, they would have been in a three-way tie. The Miami Marlins (Nos. 10, 46, 52), meanwhile, have three Top 100 prospects.