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Minor-league week in review: Power pitchers shine in Single-A


Mick Able was a first-round pick in 2020 (Cheryl Pursell)

A trio of Philadelphia Phillies pitching prospects in the lower levels put their power stuff on display in the latest week of the minor-league season.

Right-handers Griff McGarry, Mick Abel and Andrew Painters each made scoreless starts in Single-A while racking up strikeouts.

The Low-A Clearwater Threshers are now 7-8 as of Monday; the High-A Jersey Shore BlueClaws are 6-9; the Double-A Reading Fightin Phils are 4-11; the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs have a 9-9 record.

Single-A flamethrowers

McGarry made a short start Jersey Shore on Wednesday, but dazzled in his time on the mound. Last year’s fifth rounder out of Virginia struck out all six Asheville Tourists batters he faced over two perfect innings.

Abel, a first-round pick in 2020, took the hill for the BlueClaws on Saturday and delivered another dominant performance against Asheville. He threw five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out nine.

Last year’s first-round pick, Painter, also started on Saturday, facing the Tampa Tarpons for the Threshers. He fanned a staggering 14 hitters over five innings of one-hit ball.

The electric repertoires of all three pitchers brings a great deal of excitement for a system that hasn’t produced a high-level starting pitcher out of the draft since Aaron Nola hit the majors in 2015. Abel and Painter are both still young having come right out of high school, but the 22-year-old McGarry might not be as far away.

Quinn returns to Phillies organization

Outfielder Roman Quinn, a former opening-day starter in Philadelphia, returned to the organization that drafted him earlier this month. He signed with the Miami Marlins for spring training, but rejoined the Phillies after not making the team.

On Monday, Quinn was promoted back to the majors as shortstop Bryson Stott was sent back down to the minors. The 28-year-old was playing well for Lehigh Valley, hitting .294/.520/.647 with a home run in six games.

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