Andrew Painter is set to make Phillies’ debut in Florida
Baseball fans, not just Phillies fans, are in for a treat Wednesday afternoon as the 6th prospect in all of Major League Baseball takes the mound for the first time.
We are talking about the Phillies’ top prospect, Andrew Painter. The 19-year-old rookie pitcher will get the start against the Minnesota Twins as the Phillies hit the road to Fort Myers, Florida.
Go Get ‘Em Kid
Andrew Painter pitching today against the Twins is a really big deal.
Not only are we seeing one of the next great Major League Baseball players start his journey, but we are potentially seeing a Hall of Fame career begin. It is rare to see a teenager play in any professional sport, but especially in the MLB.
Cole Hamels was 22 when he debuted for the Phillies in 2006. Aaron Nola was 22 when he debuted for the Phillies in 2015. Ironically, Nola debuted in what would be Hamels’ last year with the Phillies. If the Phillies don’t extend Nola, the same story could be true with Painter.
5th Starter Spot
This will be no tune-up game for Andrew against the Twins. Unlike the last two days with Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler, Painter is fighting for a spot in the starting rotation. Each game he pitches will influence Rob Thomson and Dave Dombrowski’s decision on who will make the Opening Day roster.
We saw Nick Nelson’s first start against the Yankees on Saturday. Bailey Falter will certainly get a start in the coming days as well. While Andrew has the buzz surrounding him, the team will choose based on which player gives them the best chance to win.
Where to Watch Andrew Painter’s MLB debut
Unfortunately, the Phillies won’t be broadcasting Painter’s debut.
Road teams typically do not send their broadcasters with them during Spring Training games. Since the Phillies are on the road, fans will have to watch the Minnesota Twins broadcast in order to see in-game action.
If you are a subscriber of MLB TV, you will be able to watch the game. If you aren’t a member, however, there are still some alternatives you can choose to follow along with.
The Phillies will have a radio broadcast on their website. Anyone can access this stream simply by going to phillies.com. If you have access to social media, lots of people will be posting clips and updates from the game. You can also follow along with the game cast feature on the MLB app if you cannot access those other options.