Miami Marlins top prospect vs Philly's top prospect
Take a look at the latest top prospects list from Fangraphs. #4 is Miami Marlins 6'8 right handed pitcher Eury Pérez and directly below him at #5 is Philadelphia Phillies 6'7 right handed pitcher Andrew Painter. Both are tall right handed starting pitchers, both are 19 years old, both have a 60 FV rating from Fangraphs, both are are division rivals. Who is better? Is it definitely Eury? What can we project for both of their careers? We know how important farm systems are. Let's take a look at two potential division rival aces...
Eury Pérez and Andrew Painter are likely future aces.
What does MLB.com say about Eury Pérez?
Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 70 | Control: 60 | Overall: 60
They say that he has a fastball in the 94-97 mph range that goes up to 100. They call his upper-80's changeup "deceptive" and "nasty" (in good ways!) They point out that his changeup has a 61% swing and miss rate. He has a mid-80's slider that is even better. The MLB analysis says that he's advanced for his age and has "uncanny body control that allows him to keep his long limbs in sync, repeat his delivery and fill the strike zone".
Eury has two elite pitches with his fastball and changeup. That means that as long as his slider and curveball take steps forward too, he has the stuff to be a legit ace in the Major Leagues.
What does MLB.com think about Andrew Painter?
Scouting grades:Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 65 | Overall: 60
They say that Painter has great command and a four-pitch mix that includes a fastball that gets up to triple digits and averages 96 mph. He also has a two-seamer, a low 80-s slider and an upper 70's curve. They also point out his 13.5 K/9 rate from 2022 along with his 2.2 BB/9 rate. They are very high on Andrew to say the least.
Andrew Painter has clear ace stuff, but it all depends on his fastball. It's by far his best pitch and that could be a concern if his other pitches don't develop as well.
It sounds as if both of them have the ability to be aces. Both have elite fastballs that can reach triple digits. Both fastballs even get the same coveted 70 rating. Eury has a better curveball (55 to 50). Eury also has a significantly better changeup (70 to 55). Painter does have better control (65 to 60). So who is actually better? I think with a 2 vs 1 win in elite pitches, Eury takes the win. Both have the potential to be aces, so it will be fun to see how their careers develop.