Nick Pivetta

Position: RHP
Born: 02/14/93
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 220
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Acquired via trade from the Nationals July 28, 2015, for RHP Jonathan Papelbon (PHI). Originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (WSH).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2016 Season Stats: Combined to go 12-8 with a 3.27 ERA in 27 starts, including a shutout, between Reading (Double-A) and Lehigh Valley (Triple-A), striking out 138 and walking 51 in 148 2/3 innings while giving up 128 hits and limiting opposing batters to a .235 average. In 2017 at Lehigh Valley, he was 3-0 with an 0.95 ERA in three games, one complete game, striking out 24 while walking just two and allowing 12 hits in 19 innings, good for a .174 batting average against.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Lehigh Valley April 30 when RHP Luis Garcia was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 04/30/17

Debut Details
April 30, in a 5-3 loss to the Dodgers. The starting pitcher, he took the loss, allowing two runs, both earned, on nine hits over five innings, walking one and striking out five. He threw 91 pitches, 59 for strikes. In the first inning, leadoff batter Andrew Toles doubled to left on the second pitch of the game, moved to third on an infield single by Cody Bellinger and scored on Justin Turner's single to left field before Pivetta struck Adrian Gonzalez out swinging on three pitches and got Yasiel Puig to ground into a 6-4-3 double play. In the second inning, Pivetta gave up his second run, a one-out solo homer to center by Chris Taylor. Although enrique Hernandez then doubled to right and Hyun-Jin Ryu followed with a walk with Pivetta's throwing error on a pickoff attempt at first base allowing Hernandez to advance to third, he got out of the jam by striking out Toles swinging and then inducing an easy fly ball out to left field from Bellinger. Pivetta danced through small jams for the next three innings, putting two men on in the third thanks to a single to right from Gonzalez and a double to left by Grandal before getting Taylor looking at strike three to end the inning; Ryu singling to center with one out in the fourth but Toles then grounding into a 3-6-3 double play to end that threat; and Turner lacing a one-out double to left in the fifth before Gonzalez flew out to left and Puig struck out looking, before Pivetta was relieved to start the sixth by right-handed reliever Jeanmar Gomez to end his night.

Player Notes
Pivetta was originally drafted by the Nationals out of New Mexico Junior College and after the disastrous tenure of Papelbon in D.C. the Nats may wish they had Pivetta back. A native of British Columbia and a member of Team Canada in the most recent World Baseball Classic, his torrid April certainly made it hard to keep him down on the farm. Owner of what Baseball America deemed the best curveball in the Phillies organization, a double-plus hard curve that he pairs with a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s and can add in a slider and changeup when needed, the Phillies have tweaked his mechanics over the past two seasons since acquiring him at the 2015 trade deadline and his command has made huge strides as a result, as have his numbers. Among three stops in 2015 the Nats' High A stop at Potomac and Double-A stints at Harrisburg and Reading) Pivetta combined to go 9-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 25 games, striking out 103 in 129 2/3 innings and walking 57 while allowing 121 hits. He brought a career 3.61 ERA into his debut.