Philadelphia Phillies top prospects Mick Abel, Andrew Painter Ink Masterpiece at Jersey Shore MILB

It’s not often that the Philadelphia Phillies have a minor league arm of Mick Abel’s caliber, but it’s even rarer when an organization has two.

Andrew Painter performed his magnum opus Saturday night for the Jersey Shore Blue Claws. After Mick Abel in the back end of a doubleheader, Painter dominated the Hudson Valley Renegades.

Painter and his counterpart Abel made minor leaguers look like little leaguers.

Painter’s seven-inning complete shutout was the longest outing of the 19-year-old’s career, and he looked just as dominant in this one he pitched against just six batters in Clearwater in 2021.

Facing 24 batters on the night, Painter struck out 21, walking just one and allowing only two hits. His 11 strikeouts nearly tied a career high of 14, set in April with the Threshers in Clearwater.

This outing lowered his High-A ERA to 1.21. On the season, Painter has a 1.32 ERA all round in 68.1 innings with a K/9 of 14.4.

For a player who is more than four years younger than the average High-A minor league player, that’s hugely impressive.

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Triple-A: Yairo Muñoz hits like a major league player

Leading for The Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Saturday night, Muñoz beat the Syracuse Mets for three hits. He whipped two singles and a double for three RBIs, the difference factor in Lehigh Valley’s 7-4 victory.

The Phillies will be happy to see their interior depth get playing time, Muñoz wasn’t getting any in the majors with Edmundo Sosa usurping him on the depth chart.

Double-A: Ethan Lindow dazzles in old-school effort

At 23, his fifth year in the Phillies system, Lindow is starting to reap the rewards. With a 3.32 ERA over 78.2 innings on the year between High-A and Double-A, the former fifth-round draft pick has impressed at Reading.

Saturday night he had his longest outing of the season, it was seven rounds of solid control from Lindow. Giving up only two points, the holder of Reading only withdrew one. He allowed several hits, but induced soft contact that, for the most part, kept the ball in court.

High-A: Mick Abel sets the tone for the night

Considering what Painter did in Game 2 of the Jersey Shore double-header, it’s hard to believe any other Jersey Shore pitcher could have given him his money’s worth. But Abel certainly set the bar high for Abel’s performance.

In six shutout innings, Abel gave up just six base runners: three hits and three walks. With eight batters, he was just as dominant as his younger counterpart.

Abel had struggled out of his freshman year of professional baseball, with a 4.43 ERA in 2021 and a 4.50 ERA in mid-May 2022, some wondered if Abel would ever truly measure up to its ranking of prospects.

The past few months have proven incorrect, Abel sports a 3.34 ERA over his last 62 innings with a K/9 peaking 10.

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Single-A: Jordan Fowler Cruises to Clearwater

In his last 12 single A innings, Fowler has allowed just two runs. Selected in the 26th round of the 2017 MLB Entry Draft and signed by the Phillies in 2020 as a UDFA, Fowler had low expectations on his shoulders.

Nonetheless, he succeeded in every challenge the Phillies threw at him. In 46.1 pro innings, Fowler has a 2.53 ERA. In his last four appearances over 12 innings, he has allowed just one run, striking out 14 in the process.

Saturday night featured the best of Fowler’s pro career, he pitched three innings, sixth through eighth, allowing just two base runners and striking out five.

He has undoubtedly been added to the Phillies’ watch list.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs vs. Syracuse Mets: W 7-4

C Donny Sands – 2 for 5, 2 2B, 2 RBIs

LHP Kent Emmanuel – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Reading Fightin’ Phils vs. Hartford Yard Goats: W 5-4

OF Johan Rojas – 2 for 4, 3G, R, RBI, SB, SO

OF Jhailyn Ortiz – 1 for 3, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO

Jersey Shore Blue Claws vs. Hudson Valley Renegades: W 8-2, W 2-0

DE Marcus Lee Sang – 4 for 7, 2 HR, 4 R, 3 RBI, SO

SS Luis Garcia – 2 for 3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB

Clearwater Threshers @ Tampa Tarpons: L 5-4

OF Troy Schreffer – 2 for 4, 2B, R, BB, SB, SO

RHP Jean Cabrera – 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K

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