Fanti Finishes

What a way to cap off the 3 day minor-league odyssey- a little piece of history as Nick Fanti (who you probably recall threw 8 2/3 innings of no-hit ball in May) completed a full 9 inning no-hitter.  Only one batter reached base which was a walk in the 2nd inning.  He threw 118 pitches, 79 of which were strikes.  He hit 93 once (based on the stadium gun), and had a bunch of pitches in the 88-91 range.  He had one off-speed pitch of 79 and a bunch in the 80-81 range.  Obviously he worked ahead all day though he did go 3-0 twice.  Charleston fouled off a bunch of pitches as they had trouble squaring anything up, but Nick still managed to get 12 K’s (7 Looking, 5 Swinging).  Like any no-hitter, there were a few near misses.  In the second inning Esteven Florial hit a liner right down the LF line that went into the corner.  It was so close that he ran all the way to second thinking it might be fair, but the 3rd base ump ruled it was foul.  For the last out of the 5th inning, Mandy Alvarez smoked a grounder between SS and 3B but Luke Williams made a great diving stop, jumped up and threw the runner out (wasn’t even that close which gives you an idea of how hard it was hit).  In the 7th inning, Yankees 2016 #1 pick- Blake Rutherford roped a liner the other way (down the RF line) but it was foul.   There were 1 or 2 hard liners right at outfielders, but that was about it-  everything else was pretty routine.   The last two innings went:

8:  91 mph looking K /91 mph looking K /Fly Out to RF

9:  84 mph Popout to SS (behind third base)/79 mph swinging K/ Routine flyout to Moniak in RC–  GAME OVER.


The Blue Claws only had two hits- both by Henri Lartigue: Solo HR (games only run), and a single in the 8th that was down the RF line.  He tried to stretch it into a 2B but was thrown out. So in the entire game there were 3 base runners (Lartigue twice – HR and was thrown out stretching), so in reality only 1 player actually stood on base while a pitch was thrown all day.

Mickey Moniak had a rough day:  1) 1st pitch weak 6-3 grounder (hit to the right side of second base but the SS was shifted over), 2) Swinging K (Change Up) 3) Swinging K which was one of the worst calls I’ve seen.  Mickey literally barely even moved the bat at all and somehow the ump, said he swung.  Mickey was in shock and let the umpire know it (which is very rare for him).  He asked for an appeal to the 1st base ump but the home plate ump refused to grant it.  Moniak was still staring at the plate ump as he ran out onto the field.

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7 thoughts on “Fanti Finishes

  1. Thanks for clearing up Fanti’s velo. Good to hear he was 88-91 (T 93 once). That’s a little harder than I thought he threw. BTW … Rutherford is a LHH. If he roped a liner the other way, he would have sent it down the LF line.

    1. Good call on Rutherford- he did pull that ball (definitely went down the RF line though). Thanks for the correction.

  2. 20 yrs old, 6’2″ 185 lbs. Can gain some weight up to at least 200…which could allow some gain of MPH on his FB. LEFTY !! 2 yrs to the bigs….if he continues to grow and develop his skills. Should he be moved up to Clearwater FSL soon?

    1. Being a HS kid in essentially his second season (he did pitch in 9 games in 2015), I am sure he is approaching his innings limit. My guess is they keep him in LW for the season, let him end on a good note, and start him at CW in 2018. Maybe they’ll give him a start or two in the FSL, just for Jim Peyton.

    1. That’s because for the most part, speed is more important. That’s why you’re seeing more relievers who can bring it up to 95. No matter how good your control is, you need a minimum speed to be effective in the league. There’s a reason not too many pitchers can get away with throwing 85-87. Remember Tyler Cloyd?

      For a lefty, there’s a huge difference between throwing 86-87 and 89-90. It could be the difference between Jason Vargas and Dallas Kuechel.

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