Nick Fanti was your selection as the #18 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. He won a runoff after he and Arquimedes Gamboa were tied in the original poll for #18. Fanti received 169 of 297 votes (57%) in the runoff.
The results of the original poll for #18 had Gamboa and Fanti tied for first with each player receiving 51 of the 257 votes cast (20%), Darick Hall finished third with 41 votes (16%), fourth went to Kyle Young (27, 11%), fifth to Francisco Morales (18, 7%), sixth to Daniel Brito (11, 4%), and seventh to Jose Taveras (10, 4%).
Nick Fanti was drafted by the Phillies in the 31st round of the 2015 Amateur Draft out of Hauppage High School (NY). The 6’2, 185 lb. left-handed pitcher signed with the Phillies on July 7, 2015 and was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Phillies. In his professional debut on July 16th, 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.
Fanti threw 17.2 GCL innings in 2015, mostly in relief. He posted a 1-1 record, 2.55 ERA, walked 6 (3.1 BB/9), and struck out 20 (10.2 K/9).
In 2016, Fanti returned to the GCL and pitched 51.2 innings in 9 starts and 2 relief appearances. He posted a league leading 7-0 record and a second best 1.74 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. Fanti walked 9 (1.6 BB/9) and struck out 65 (11.3 K/9).He was named to the GCL End-of-Season All Star Team as the league’s best left-handed pitcher.
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.
Fanti made 21 starts with Lakewood in 2017 and pitched 120.1 innings. He posted a 9-2 record and 2.54 ERA. He walked 28 (2.1 BB/9) and struck out 121 (9.0 K/9).
Fanti has a history of low-hit outings. He had thrown back-to-back no-hitters for his high school team in his senior year. In 2016, his second GCL season, he threw a four-inning one hitter and a five-inning no hitter. In 2017 with Lakewood, Fanti threw a four-inning one hitter, 8.2 innings of a combined no hitter, a 12-strike out complete game no hitter, and finished the season with a six-inning one hitter.
Fanti’s fastball has reached 90 and touched 91 during his career, but mostly tops out at 89. He uses this fastball to set up his off speed stuff. His favorite pitch is his curve ball.
Fanti’s detractors point to his fastball velocity and question his ability to be successful at the upper levels of the organization. The 21-year old Fanti would be entering his junior year in college and will likely be in the Clearwater rotation, facing much better batters than his former counterparts who matriculated after high school and would be entering the 2018 draft.
Next up is your selection for the #19 prospect in the organization.
2018 Readers’ Poll, so far –
- Sixto Sanchez
- Scott Kingery
- J.P. Crawford
- Jhailyn Ortiz
- Jorge Alfaro
- Adam Haseley
- Adonis Medina
- Franklyn Kilome
- Mickey Moniak
- JoJo Romero
- Roman Quinn
- Enyel De Los Santos
- Cornelius Randolph
- Tom Eshelman
- Dylan Cozens
- Ranger Suarez
- Seranthony Dominguez
- Nick Fanti