Although the majority of the no-hitters found within the minor league ranks often end with multiple hurlers taking the mound, left-hander Nick Fanti needed absolutely no help on Monday afternoon. A member of the Lakewood BlueClaws, the up-and-coming southpaw notably no-hit the Charleston RiverDogs en route to leading his club to a 1-0 victory.
It is also worth noting that the BlueClaws, who play their baseball in the South Atlantic League, are the Single-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Before today, the only other BlueClaw to throw an individual, 9-inning no-hitter was Gavin Floyd (2002), and he lost 1-0.
— Lakewood BlueClaws (@BlueClaws) July 17, 2017
While tossing the nine hitless innings, Fanti only walked one opposing batter while Charleston first baseman Brandon Wagner ultimately drew the lone four-ball count. The 20-year-old left-hander also struck out 12 opposing batters en route to tallying his seventh win of the 2017 regular season.
As a result of the scoreless outing, Fanti has lowered his 2017 ERA down to a respectable 2.52.
Currently in the midst of his third professional season, all of which have come as a member of the Phillies’ organization, the young hurler previously spent the first two go-rounds of such a tenure at the rookie-ball level. He was originally selected by Philadelphia in the 31st round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of Hauppauge, New York.
It is also worth noting that Monday afternoon’s no-hitter was no flash in the pan either. Fanti entered the day on Monday with a 14-3 career record as a minor league pitcher while making 34 appearances and 24 starts before the memorable outing. He also posted a 2.35 ERA along the way while amassing a total of 149.2 innings of work in all.