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Painter Named Phillies MiLB Pitcher of the Year

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September 20, 2022 – Eastern League (EL)Reading Fightin Phils News Release

Reading Fightin Phils pitcher Andrew Painter
Reading Fightin Phils pitcher Andrew Painter
(Reading Fightin Phils)

The Reading Fightin Phils are excited to announce that right-handed starter Andrew Painter has been named the
Philadelphia Phillies Paul Owens Award winner. This honor is given to one position player and one pitcher who
have led the farm system throughout the season.

Andrew Painter, 19, is Philadelphia’s #1 prospect in their minor league rankings. He will receive the Phillies
MiLB Pitcher of the Year award alongside Darick Hall who is to be named their Player of the Year.

Painter split time between three farm system levels, including finishing out the summer in Double-A Reading.

Cumulatively, he threw 103.2 innings of work for a 1.56 ERA with 155 strikeouts. Painter, who leads all
Phillies minor league pitchers in strikeouts this year, averaged 13.46 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and had a 38.7
percent strikeout rate compared to a 6.2 percent walk rate. He walked just 25 batters this summer. The righty
allowed just 18 earned runs all season long and a mere five homers to his opponents, who could only hit for a
.181 average off of him.

Painter made nine starts with single-A Clearwater. In one outing he struck out a career-high 14 batters of the
total 16 that he faced. He blazed through with a 1.40 ERA in 38.2 IP. That’s just six earned runs allowed. He
struck out 69 total batters there.

Then he was promoted to high-A Jersey Shore on June 26, where he made another eight starts. He continued to
amaze, getting even better at a higher level. Painter tossed 36.2 frames for a 0.98 ERA. He allowed just four
earned runs and seven walks to his 49 strikeouts.

After being called up to Baseballtown on August 21, Painter commanded five starts for 28.1 innings pitched and
a 2.54 ERA. He walked just two batters to his 37 strikeouts, an impressive count for one of the youngest players
at that level.

In his 22 starts overall, he tossed at least 6.0 innings eight times, including in each of his first three outings with
Reading. Seven innings (three times) and 93 pitches represent his longest efforts. Painter recorded six wins and
two losses. He picked off five runners and made just one error all season long. Painter was named the Phillies
Minor League pitcher of the month in July.

Entering today, he is the only pitcher in the minor leagues to post an ERA as low as his (min. 100.0 IP) with as
many strikeouts as he has registered….

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