Nick Pivetta

Position: RHSP
Level: Double-A
Affiliate: Reading Fightin Phils
Age: 23 yrs, 4m
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 220
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 4th Rd., 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (WSH); Acquired in trade for Jonathan Papelbon, July 28, 2015 (PHI)

Prospect Spotlight

I got my first live look at Pivetta during his 6/24 start at Double-A Portland. The 23-year-old right-hander quickly stood out as a result of his large frame and a fastball that sat 91-to-95 mph with some arm-side run. Pivetta was chased after 91 pitches through four innings, and the 10 hits he gave up were largely as a result of poor fastball command.

He showed a four-pitch mix that included a curveball, slider, and changeup. The curveball was the best of the secondaries, with 11-to-5 shape and presenting as an average grade offering for me. The average grade was moreso of a result of his ability to locate it back door to left-handed hitters and get-over for strikes early in counts. The slider also showed average potential, and the changeup was a clear fourth pitch that was firm and lacked much movement.