Week after week, eye-catching monument line after eye-catching monument line, Phyllis Officials have tried to put Andrew Pinter’s season in context. It wasn’t easy because few of them had experienced something like this.
It started in Clearwater, Florida, where the painter collected a 1.40 ERA and 69 hits in 38 minutes over nine low A ball starts. He continued in Lakewood, NJ, high A, with 0.98 ERA and 49 strikes in 36 degrees over eight starts. He ended up reading a double A, with the 6-foot-7 right-hander having a 2.54 ERA and 37 strokes in 28 degrees over five rounds.
Recently, after a gem of seven runs and nine strokes at the Painter’s Double A Double Start, I’ve started a conversation, mostly for kicks, about bowlers starting a major league at age 19. In the past twenty years, there have been four: Julio Urías (2016) and Madison Bumgarner (2009), Félix Hernández (2005), and Edwin Jackson (2003). This is it. This list.
The Velez did not think to add the painter’s name. Not this year at least. But there is still plenty of time. He wasn’t even 20 years old until April 10, and Head of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski indicated over the summer that he was never afraid of accelerating phenomena in the major leagues after a short stint in the juniors.
Dombrowski said this week before Velez Painter awarded Paul Owens Prize As the best player in the minor league. “And when I say that, there were some good things that I was into.”
In fact, Dombrowski is an expert in this field. He was a young Chicago White Sox executive when Brett Burns debuted in the major league when he was 19 in 1978 and a year later when Richard Dotson debuted at 20. The Tigers gave rotation positions to 20-year-old Jeremy Bonderman and Rick Purcello in 2003 and 2009, respectively.
And a few weeks ago, when the subject turned to the illustrator, Dombrowski brought in another ex-boyfriend: Josh Beckett.
Dombrowski ran baseball operations for the Florida Marlins in 1999 when they drafted Beckett to second overall from a Texas high school. The painter was Dombrowski’s first pick in the first round with Velez, Thirteenth place last year Graduated from Calvary Christian High School in Florida. Like the painter, Beckett was tall (6ft 5ft) and right-handed, with a top-of-the-90s fast ball that earned him the nickname “Kid Heat”. He’s also hooked the hitters’ knees to the bend ball and slowed their bats by altering the secondary pitches that are part of the painter’s repertoire, along with the sinister slider.
Beckett spent two years on the farm before being called up, at age 21, for the final month of a 2001 season that began with 39 consecutive goalless throws at A-level (the painter had a 32 goalless streak this summer) and included seven rounds of no-hitter Double A. had a 1.50 ERA on a September four start for the Marlins out of the feud, then took a regular role in their rotation in 2002.
A year later, Beckett delivered a massive five-stroke at Yankee Stadium in the World Series winning match.
“Just the heck of a competitor and cool stuff,” said Phillies III coach Dusty Wathan, who caught Pickett at Double A Portland in 2001. He’s personally throwing, really — it’s kind of the same build, same arsenal. I don’t know him personally yet, but from what I hear, it could be the same. And if that’s the case, that’s something special.”
The minor league numbers are almost a mirror image.
Beckett in 2001: 1.54 ERA, 38.7% strike rate, 6.5% walking rate in 140 rounds over 25 starts.
Painter in 2022: 1.56 ERA, 38.7% strike rate, 6.2% walking rate at 103 degrees over 22 starts.
“Without making one-on-one comparisons — because those end up being pretty tough when you start talking about Josh Becketts and Jeremy Bondermans and Rick Purcellus and Brett Burns and Richard Dotsons, the guys I’ve been talking to at 20 or 21 — [Painter] They could be as good as any of those pitchers, Dombrowski said. “He has tremendous abilities, he is a hardworking worker. He is a man with many pitches. He is a good athlete. He almost touches everything you want in a small pitcher.”
Matt Hockenberry knew all about those physical traits before the painter arrived in Reading last month as the youngest player in the Eastern League. But what the double-throw coach had to see for himself, and what immediately caught his eye, was the painter’s sense of promotion.
In A-ball, painter and his first-round teammate Mick Abel would have been effective if they just threw in high-octane heaters. Instead, they worked with coaches to improve their secondary pitches and study how best to spread them out.
Painter, for example, said he noticed that Double A hitters initially tried to sit on a fast ball. Once they threw the reflex ball and changed often, they had to respect those pitches. The change, in particular, disrupted the hitters’ timing and made the fastball appear faster.
“The most impressive thing is his mentality and maturity when it comes to legitimate baseball conversations and what he’s trying to achieve day in and day out,” Hockenberry said. “It’s not just pitching elements within the game. It’s his willingness and understanding of how to go through a week and what he’s trying to achieve in each game before his next start. It’s really impressive that he’s 19 and the maturity of a top-level guy.”
Wathan recalled the same seriousness of goal with Beckett and Cole Hummels. Beckett and Hummels knew they were headed to the majors, according to Wothan, but they wanted more than just to get there. They wanted to stay for a long time.
The painter is the Phillies’ most sought-after player since Hummels, a first-round pick from high school in 2002 who made his major league debut in 2006 at the age of 22. He suffered in a bar fight at Clearwater prior to the 2005 season.
Dombrowski said the painter, Abel and potential teammate Griff McGarry will be invited to major league spring practice. The Phillies may have at least one vacant position on the rotation, with Kyle Gibson, Noah Syndergaard and possibly Zach Eflin eligible for free agency. There will be a chance.
“Nothing like that was said,” Pinter said. “I’m going off season like I always do – get into the weight room and get ready for spring training no matter what, whether it’s a double A, a triple A or here all year.
“Everything is moving so fast. It’s hard to control. I was thinking about it earlier, how fast that first year went by. It’s weird thinking how I was at the beginning of the year in Clearwater, and then I was in three different locations. It definitely moved quickly.”
If Pinter makes his major league debut next season, he will be the youngest Phillies shooter since Mark Davis started nine games when he was 20 years old in 1981.
Does the painter think he’s ready?
“One hundred percent,” he said. “If they are ready for it.”
The painter will spend his vacation in South Florida, where he trains at Cressey Sports Performance, a facility co-founded by Phillies promotion director Brian Kaplan. Among the bowlers who train at Cressey: Justin Verlander, is another former phenomenon linked to Dombrowski.
Tigers drafted Verlander with the No. 2 overall pick in 2004. Thirteen months later, at age 22, the 6-foot-5 right-hander had a strike rate of 1.29 ERA and a strike rate of 30% in 118-degree innings before Dombrowski called him up straight from double a.
Dombrowski intentionally left Verlander off his list of fast-tracked shooters because a two-time Cy Young Award winner and 2011 American League MVP was drafted from Old Dominion. College shooters tend to move through minors more quickly than high school shooters.
But the painter listed Verlander as a role model. When he sees him in the off season, he tends to keep his distance from him. This winter, they may have more to talk about.
Dombrowski will encourage the conversation. Because it takes more than talent to fulfill the promise of a promotion miracle. Wathan listed a third bowler among his top picks for minors: Ryan Anderson, a left-footed 6-foot-10 for the Seattle Mariners, who didn’t drop out of third due to shoulder injuries that arose or raised questions. about his work habits.
Pointing to his group of young shooters, Dombrowski said, “One thing with every one of these guys, is that they were all driven to be great. Every single one of them. They had a tremendous work ethic, and though they were good, they all kept going. Work along the same lines. I don’t think [Painter] Will fall from work ethic [standpoint] what we know about it. I think it will only get better in that regard.
“I don’t see any reason why he can’t be as good as these guys. I think he has the opportunity to be a really great player in the big league.”