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.