Phillies prospect Nick Fanti tosses no-hitter for Low-A Lakewood
By John Town
Phillies prospect Nick Fanti tossed a no-hitter for Low-A Lakewood Monday morning. It was the second one he was involved in this season.
The Lakewood BlueClaws, the Phillies Low-A affiliate, got off to an early start Monday with first pitch at 11:07 a.m. Nick Fanti was clearly ready for action as he mowed down the opposing Charleston RiverDogs.
Fanti walked just one batter as he threw a complete game, no-hitter Monday. He struck out 12 batters on 113 pitches, 78 of which were strikes.
With the BluwClaws recording only two hits and one run, the game was quite efficient. It lasted just one hour and 49 minutes.
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The only other BlueClaw to throw a no-hitter was Gavin Floyd back in 2002, and they still lost 1-0 in that game. Fanti is the first to throw a no-hitter in a winning effort.
It was the second no-hitter Fanti was a part of this season. May 6 Fanti went 8.2 hitless innings against the Columbia Firefiles, striking out nine and walking three. However, with his pitch count at 113 and still needing one more out, Trevor Bettencourt was called in to retire the final batter and seal the combined no-hitter.
The 20-year old Fanti is in his first season of full-season action after spending two seasons in the Gulf Coast League. Before Monday, Fanti had a 2.80 ERA, 25.4 percent strikeout rate, five percent walk rate, and 0.96 WHIP in 14 starts.
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Fanti was Philadelphia’s 31st-round pick in 2015 at No. 924 overall.