The Island to the Show: Nick Pivetta
MLB Debut: April 30
Harrisburg stats (2015)
0-2, 7.20 ERA, 1.87 WHIP
3g, 15 IP, 6 K, 9 BB
After an impressive start to the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Nick Pivetta got the call when Aaron Nola was placed on the 10-day disabled list for a balky back.
On Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, Pivetta made his Major League debut for the Phillies. The 24-year-old righthander collared the loss but threw well as he scattered nine hits over five innings and struck out five. “It was all nerves,” Pivetta told MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. “It was, ‘Holy cow. I’m here. Now let’s focus and do what you’ve been doing to get yourself here.’ It was hard to differentiate those two things, but once I got into that fourth, fifth inning, it was good. I was good again. I was able to get ahead of hitters more. I was able to use my changeup, able to use my slider, and it felt a lot more comfortable.”
Pivetta was traded to the Phillies at the trade deadline in 2015 while a Harrisburg Senator in the deal for Jonathan Papelbon.