Pinto dominates in near no-no for Double-A Reading

Phillies' No. 10 prospect didn't allow a hit until seventh frame in club's shutout win

Pinto dominates in near no-no for Double-A Reading

Ricardo Pinto continues to impress and has excelled at every level of his professional career thus far.

The Phillies' No. 10 prospect flirted with a no-hitter through six innings Thursday night and left the game having completed seven scoreless innings. Pinto allowed his first hit in the bottom of the seventh, as Tyler Austin singled to open the frame.

The right-hander walked two, gave up two hits and struck out five in Double-A Reading's 3-0 win against Trenton. He threw 88 pitches, 61 of which were strikes.

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Pinto has a 3.12 ERA through seven Double-A starts, but his success this year shouldn't come as a surprise.

After all, the 22-year-old was named the Phillies' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2015 after he went 15-4 with a 2.97 ERA in 24 starts across two levels of Class A.

Phillies No. 23 prospect Dylan Cozens helped provide run support for Pinto as he hit a solo homer in the third inning off of Yankees No. 22 prospect Cale Coshow. The homer was Cozens' 10th of the year, third in three games and fifth in six games.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.