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.
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.
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.
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