Phillies minor league left hander, Nick Fanti, is attempting to get back on the prospect list after an injury filled 2018 season. He is finishing the year strong “down under” in the Australian Baseball League. In his last two, five-inning starts, he has struck out 15 allowing only three runs on seven hits and one walk for the Sydney Blue Sox.
What is more interesting is in the first three innings in each of his last the two starts, he has combined for 14 strikeouts including nine in one start last week and five in his most recent start on Saturday. He has struck out the side in the second inning of both games. In the fourth and fifth inning of the two games, he has struck out only one.
Fanti is best know for throwing an 8.2 inning no-hitter and a nine inning no-hitter for Lakewood back in 2917. He spent most of the 2018 season on the disabled list with a back problems.
After his last two starts, Fanti appears to be back. It would seem though he might make a good late inning reliever either as a set-up man and or a closer because of his domination of the early innings in his last two starts.
The 2019 season will be an important one for Fanti. He turns 22-years-old on December 30th. He will start his fifth season in the Phillies organization which means he will be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft at the end of next season, if not put on the 40-man roster.