Joey Cantillo is only 19 years old, but his stuff is that of a seasoned veteran.

The Padres’ No. 19 prospect struck out seven and worked around three walks over six innings as Class A Fort Wayne came within three outs of a no-hitter in an 8-0 blanking of West Michigan on Sunday afternoon at Parkview Field.

Video: Cantillo seventh whiff of day

Cantillo (9-3) issued a leadoff walk in the first to Tigers No. 13 prospect Wenceel Perez, who stole second. But the left-hander picked him off in between strikeouts of No. 12 prospect Parker Meadows and 16th-ranked Nick Quintana.

The second inning began the same, with Cantillo walking Tigers No. 24 prospect Andre Lipcius. He was erased on a forceout by Ulrich Bojarski, who swiped second. Reynaldo Rivera also walked, but the 19-year-old got Cooper Johnson to ground into an inning-ending double play.

It was smooth sailing from there for Cantillo as he retired his final 12 batters, striking out five.


Gameday box score


The Honolulu native leads the Midwest League with a 1.93 ERA, 128 strikeouts and 0.87 WHIP. He’s walked only 27 batters over 98 innings.

Sam Keating fanned one in a perfect seventh and fellow right-hander Jose Quezada took the no-hitter into the ninth before allowing a leadoff single to Reyes. He struck out five over the final two frames, nailing down the fourth nine-inning one-hitter in team history.

Justin Lopez homered, singled and drove in two runs for the TinCaps, while Ethan Skender also had two hits and two RBIs. Dwanya Williams-Sutton contributed a two-run single.

Brian Stultz is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @brianjstultz.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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