Phillies select Andrew Painter in 1st round of 2021 MLB draft – .

Phillies select Andrew Painter in 1st round of 2021 MLB draft – .

For the second year in a row, the Phillies selected a strong high school pitcher in the first round of the draft.
The team beat right-hander Andrew Painter 6-7 with the 13th pick overall on Sunday night.

A year ago, the team selected 6-5 right-hander Mick Abel with the 15th pick overall.

If all goes well in the development process, the Phils could one day have a pair of physically imposing pitchers at the top of their rotation with Abel and Painter.

“Yes, it was brought up,” said Brian Barber, the team’s scouting director. “But that’s not necessarily why we took Andrew. There are two separate conversations to be had there. We evaluated Andrew for himself. And then that’s when you start talking about the excitement and perks of having Mick last year, and then the opportunity add Andrew to that, and these guys coming up into the minor leagues together and then, hopefully one day in the face of your rotation in philadelphia, yes, that excites us.

Painter, 18, is full bodied and weighs 230 pounds. He is graduating from Calvary Christian High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Where he was 6-1 with a 0.31 ERA as a senior and struck out 91 batters in 45 minutes. He was the State’s Gatorade Player of the Year. He played ball in high school with Dante Girardi, son of the Phillies manager. Dante has just completed his first year at Florida International University.

“Joe was always there,” Painter said. “He would be out there combing the field. We have a good relationship. “

The painter got high marks from Girardi as a pitching person and prospect.

“Makeup is one of the main things we look at,” Barber said. “We had Joe in our back pocket because he’s known Andrew since he was 15. Every little bit of information is helpful and that was definitely a positive point. He’s a kid who wants to be awesome and really wants it. “

Painter has signed up to the University of Florida, but he is ready to begin his professional career.

“It’s an unreal moment,” he said. “It’s something I’ve worked hard for and it’s just the start. “

The Phillies Boy Scouts were there every time Painter took on the mound for the past 12 months. Barber personally spotted seven of his departures.

“He’s a great human being, you notice that immediately,” Barber said. “Then you start to dig into the attributes of baseball. Delivery is a great place to start. The action of the arms works very well. And he’s just got some really good stuff.

“The very first time we saw it last summer it was 97 mph. He has a curve and a slider that both project towards more and a change that he has a really good idea for, for an 18 year old.

“The icing on the cake was that he was a guy who, at this age, had throwing skills and the ability to throw the shots. It was a complete package for us from day one. “

High school pitchers, especially righties, have traditionally been the most at-risk demographic in the draft. The Phillies have now taken that route two years in a row since Barber took over as scouting manager.

“The risk is weighed on any player,” Barber said. “We know the history of the draft when we talk about high school pitchers, but when you talk about Andrew’s advantage, it just outweighed the historic risk of taking a high school pitcher.

“But we’re also addressing some things that testing departments weren’t addressing 10 or 15 years ago. Things like slow motion video, biomechanical research, pitch-metric testing, and data. I think we’re better screening departments than we were 10, 15, 20 years ago and that has also led to some of this historical data. “

The draft continues Monday and continues until Tuesday. The Phillies will pick 49th overall, 84th overall and 114th overall, and then have the 13th pick in rounds 5-20.

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