What more can be said about Andrew Pinter at this point?
The prospective Philadelphia Phillies scored another impressive start Friday, throwing five goalsless baseball runs, hitting nine players and only allowing three hits in the process.
The painter’s season was nothing short of fantastic. Not only did the 19-year-old (yes, he’s only 19) score his 150th goal of the season yesterday, but he managed to do so in less than 100 runs. It’s a really silly job.
Overall, in a season’s 99.2 runs across three levels, Painter scored 1.17 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and a whopping 0.170 batting average.
A potential top player in the Phillies is expected to get another start before his season is over, but when all is said and done, this could be the most controlling season the Phillies junior league arm has ever produced – and if you ever peek at Cole Hummels’ minor league numbers, you’ll know just how incredible this feat is.
Other important news:
Triple-A: Eflin puts two tires on a solid rehab journey
Roadside assistance at the major league level.
After nearly three months on the injured list, Zach Evelyn was on his way back, a process that began with his first show of rehab on Friday.
Evelyn was strong for pigs. He threw twice from the one-run ball, hitting three in the process. There was a lot of talk that Evelyn would serve as either the opener, or as the length-focused Bullpup arm in the latter half of the regular season.
Whatever role he might take, the 28-year-old will be a huge help to the Phillies staff trying to keep their most important arms at extended range.
Double A: De La Cruz Goes Nuclear Again
It’s official: Carlos de la Cruz has taken the next step. The 22-year-old went to a yard for the seventh time in Double-A on Friday, bumping his reading average to a respectable .286, and his OPS to over an impressive .869.
De La Cruz is huge (it’s six feet eight feet tall) and is finally starting to make enough/strike at a sustainable rate. His tire was often expected to hamper his ability to make a consistent amount of contact, but that was far from the case during the 2022 season.
If the young player can continue to produce at this rate, he may find his name mentioned in some potentially important conversations in the near future.
High A: Could Kendall Simmons have turned a corner?
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Kendall Simmons has some of the most pervasive raw power in the entirety of the Phillies, but he was suffering at the hands of a horrific second season with Clearwater in 2022.
However, the young player was promoted to Jersey Shore at the beginning of August and since then has surprisingly shown some signs of improvement.
The 22-year-old only hit 12 times at A-level, and walked the opposite seven times. He also managed three home runs in his first 15 games, one of which came in Friday’s loss to Aberdeen.
It’s a small sample size, but any signs of improvement for Simmons are welcome. If he could harness his raw strength and make more good connections, he had a chance to develop into a serious perspective.
One A: PPD
Lehigh Valley IronPigs vs. Worcester Red Sox: W 9-2
1B Darrick Hall – 2 vs 4, 2 2B, R, RBI
RHP Trevor Bettancourt – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Read Fightin Phils vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats: W 11-0
Off Johan Rojas – 2 vs 4, 2B, RBI, BB, K, 2 SB
Jaylene Ortiz – 1 vs 4, 2R, BB, 2K
Jersey Shore BlueClaws vs.Aberdeen IronBirds: L 8-0
INF Hao-Yu Lee – 1 vs 5, 2B, 3K
LHP Jordan Fowler – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Clearwater Threats vs Bradenton Marauders: PPD
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