Nick Fanti was your selection as the #22 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Fanti received 99 of 403 votes (25%) for a plurality victory over second place finisher Cole Stobe who received 88 votes (22%).
Nick Fanti was drafted by the Phillies in the 31st round of the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft from Hauppage High School (NY).
The 6’2, 185 lb. left-handed pitcher signed with the Phillies on July 7, 2015. Fanti had thrown back-to-back no-hitters for his high school team in his senior year. In his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Phillies, Fanti picked up a win in one inning of relief. He allowed an infield hit and struck out the side, including the Astros’ first round selection Kyle Tucker. During his inning, Fanti’s fastball was recorded at 88-91 mph.
Fanti continued to have good results in 2015. In 9 appearances (1 start), he threw 17.2 innings. He walked 6 (3.1 BB/9) and struck out 20 (10.2 K/9). His ERA was 2.55.
I saw Fanti a couple times in 2015. Most of his games were on the road. I got velo on him once in Instructs. His fastball was 88-89 mph. During the season, others reported his FB at 87-90, touching 91 mph. They also reported his change up (83-84) and curve ball (78-79).
2016 found Fanti back in the GCL. He pitched well enough to be named to the GCL End-of-Season All Star Team as the league’s best left-handed pitcher. Fanti was tied for the league lead in wins (7), led the league in strike outs (65), and second in the league in ERA (1.57) and WHIP (0.87).
In 51.2 innings in 2016, Fanti walked nine improving to a 1.6 BB/9 and struck out 65 improving to an 11.3 K/9.
Again, most of Fanti’s starts were on the road. But I did see him four times during the regular season. He pitches a nice game, using his fastball to set up his off speed stuff. His curve ball is his favorite pitch. However, he was still just 87-89 with his fastball.
Fanti picked up a win against the Cardinals in the playoffs. He entered as a reliever after Kevin Gowdy threw 2 innings as a starter (his second and third innings after being shelved most of the summer). Fanti pitched into the eighth, allowing 0 runs, 3 hits, 0 BB and 6 K.
I saw Fanti during Instructs. He threw 88-90 and 87-89 in two appearances.
Next up is your selection for the #23 prospect in the organization. The final additions to the poll are Mitch Walding, Drew Anderson, Lucas Williams, Kyle Martin, Chace Numata, and Kyle Young.
I read the comments questioning the result of the last poll. The poll was open a little later than normal, but I was out and couldn’t close it until later in the evening. Repeat voting is still blocked. I know from the comments that a rally occurred. This poll had about 100 more voters than recent polls. I checked and we had about 10-15% more visitors Saturday than are normal. But unlike with small countries, I can’t identify where in the US votes originate. About the only irregularity that I could really identify was that we got a lot more referrals from Facebook. Normally we get 3-4 each day. Saturday, we got 83. I share my articles with my friends on Facebook. But, I don’t have that many friends there. So, I would guess that if there was any ballot stuffing, it originated from Facebook. And, if so, great. Maybe we’ll get some more readers.
Personally, I like the kid. I like the way he pitches. I wish I could have seen more of his games. But, I realize that without at least a low 90s fastball, he’ll be challenged at higher levels. However, he’s young. 2016 would have been his freshman year in college. He’s got time.
Poll to date –
- J.P. Crawford
- Jorge Alfaro
- Mickey Moniak
- Roman Quinn
- Nick Williams
- Franklyn Kilome
- Sixto Sanchez
- Rhys Hoskins
- Dylan Cozens
- “C” Randolph
- Scott Kingery
- Kevin Gowdy
- Harold Arauz
- Andrew Knapp
- Jhailyn Ortiz
- Adonis Medina
- Mark Appel
- Nick Pivetta
- Ben Lively
- Alberto Tirado
- Elniery Garcia
- Nick Fanti