The 6′ 6″ tall Andrew Painter is a polished high school pitcher, but one who has plenty of stuff to back up his advanced approach.
Andrew Painter Scouting Report
Height: 6′ 6″ | Weight: 230
Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Position: RHP
Highest Ranking: 15th (Baseball America)
When the season began Andrew Painter was viewed as a 1st round pick, but his stock has risen a bit with his velocity reaching the upper 90’s at it’s best and sitting mid-90’s through the spring. He mixes that with a plus change up. The Calvary Christian High School starter also has two potentially above-average breaking balls – throwing both a slider and a curveball. They are both inconsistent right now, but will flash above-average.
As a high school pitcher there’s going to be some risk associated with him because of proximity to the big leagues and future development of his stuff being needed. Still, Painter has everything you want to see from a high school pitcher – he’s got good control, he’s already throwing four pitches, his mechanics appear to be clean, and he’s got plenty of size to work with.
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For this draft scouting report series we are going to look at prospects rated 6th through 50th in a cumulative ranking based on the Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, ESPN, and Fangraphs draft rankings. The guys in the top five seem to have no chance of dropping to Cincinnati at 17, so we’re skipping them to focus a little more on guys with more of a shot to be Reds. The national rankings are updated throughout the month leading up to the draft, so there could be some slight changes from when the cumulative list was compiled and when you read this.
The 2021 Major League Baseball Draft will begin on July 11th and end on July 13th, taking part over a three day period of time. The Cincinnati Reds will have selections 17, 30, 35, and 53 in the first two rounds of the draft. Despite not selecting in the top five, or even the top 10, the Reds have the 4th largest bonus pool allotment to work with due to their compensation pick from losing Trevor Bauer in free agency, as well as a competitive balance round A pick (35th) that adds a lot of additional pool money.