After 113 pitches with two outs and the tying run on second base in the ninth inning, the Lakewood coaching staff finally decided lefty Nick Fanti had enough last night. He was pulled for Trevor Betencourt who struck out the final batter to combine with Fanti for a rare nine-inning, no-hit, no-run game. Watch and Read HERE and Read HERE.
Fanti was brilliant in shutting down the Mets farm team in the SAL, the Columbia S.C. Fireflies, 1-0. His record this season is now 2-0 in five starts with a 1.48 ERA in 30.1 innings.
If it were not for an error by third baseman Danny Zardon on a high throw from third to first in the ninth inning, Fanti may have had a complete game.
Fanti’s 113 pitches were a career high topping his 94 pitch, six inning effort in his last start.
It’s rare for a Phillies minor league pitcher to throw over 100 pitches.
Last season Phillies had a minor league pitcher at the high A ball level who did throw 116 pitches in a start.
Fanti’s 113 pitches are the most of any Phillies minor league starter this season. Only Jose Taveras who threw 103 pitches over 7.1 inning in his last start for Clearwater had thrown more.
Fanti’s nine strikeouts were his second highest in his career topped only by ten strikeouts in five innings last year in a game against the GCL Braves.
The 20-year-old lefty is in his third season in the Phillies system after being drafted in the 31st round in 2015 from Long Island, New York.
The Columbia play-by-play announcer said last night that the Fireflies had faced only six left-handed starters so far in 29 games this season. So lefty starters have become a rare commodity in baseball.
The Phillies are looking for a left-handed starter too. Currently they have none at the major league or AAA levels. Fanti has to be in the conversation along with Brandon Leibrandt at AA, Cole Irvin at high A and teammate Ranger Suarez at low A to get a chance to fill the Phillies lefty starter need sometime in the future.
Watch HERE for a composite of Fanti’s strike “threes” from last year in the GCL playoffs.