Phils prospect Fanti finishes job, fires no-no

Lakewood lefty came one out shy in BlueClaws' May 6 combined no-hitter

Phils prospect Fanti finishes job, fires no-no

Nick Fanti is making it look easy at Class A Lakewood.

The 2015 31st-round pick continued to exceed expectations for the BlueClaws on Monday by tossing a no-hitter in Lakewood's 1-0 win over Charleston. Fanti struck out 12 and walked only one to earn his seventh win in what was the second time he'd taken a no-hitter into the ninth inning this season.

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Fanti also threw 8 2/3 innings of Lakewood's combined no-hitter May 6 against Columbia. There had been only four no-hitters in Lakewood history before this season. Now, in a span of two months, Fanti has done the heavy lifting in two more.

The left-handed starter had everything working in Monday's one-hour, 47-minute affair in Lakewood. He became the second pitcher BlueClaws' history to throw an individual nine-inning no-hitter, joining former big leaguer Gavin Floyd in 2002.

Floyd actually lost that game, 1-0.

Fanti has designated hitter Henri Lartigue, who homered off Charleston starter Alexander Vargas, to thank for helping him avoiding a similar fate.

Fanti's effort lowered his ERA to 2.52 over 15 starts this season, as the former late-round pick out of high school in Long Island, N.Y., continues to turn heads with his performance.

The 20-year-old, who played for Italy in the World Baseball Classic this spring, owns a 14-3 record and a 2.35 ERA over three seasons across two levels. He's now struck out 94 batters in 89 1/3 innings this season while walking just 16.

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.