While the details are still filtering in, it has been confirmed that the Phillies have traded closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Nationals in exchange for Nick Pivetta, a RHP currently playing for Harrisburg(AA).
Pivetta, 22, is a 6’5, 220 pound 4th round pick of the Nationals and is a combined 7-6 with a 3.02ERA for Potomac(A+) and Harrisburg this year. In 101.1IP, he has walked 38 and struck out 78, to go along with a WHIP of 1.25. Coming into this season, Pivetta was the #10 prospect, and #5 pitcher in the Nationals organization. Pivetta reportedly throws a mid 90’s fastball, a plus curveball and a changeup that is developing into a plus pitch as well. The likely upside for Pivetta is as a #3-4 starter. Look for Pivetta to join the Reading rotation shortly.
Without getting too much into Papelbon, and was a very effective player who was a cancer to the organization. I am hoping to see Adam Loewen get a shot to take Papelbon’s roster spot, as he has been tremendous over the last two months for Lehigh Valley.