White Sox prospect Rienzo throws no-hitter

White Sox prospect Rienzo throws no-hitter
July 25, 2013, 7:30 pm
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JJ Stankevitz

Right-hander Andre Rienzo, ranked by Baseball America as the seventh-best prospect in the White Sox system prior to the 2013 season, threw a seven-inning no-hitter for Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday.

In the first game of a doubleheader against Indianapolis, Pittsburgh's Triple-A affiliate, Rienzo struck out 11 and walked four to become the first Charlotte pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Carlos Torres in 2009. Due to the game being the first of a doubleheader, it was only scheduled for seven innings. Charlotte won the game, 1-0.

The 11 strikeouts were a career high for Rienzo, who leads the International League with 113 strikeouts and lowered his season ERA to 4.06. The Brazil native has pitched well since a rough start to the season, allowing three or fewer earned runs in his last 10 starts.

Rienzo, 25, has a 3.50 ERA with 584 strikeouts in 543 2/3 innings over seven seasons in the White Sox organization. He's yet to make his major league debut, but if he does at some point he'll become the first Brazilian pitcher to appear in the majors.