Nick Pivetta was selected the Readers’ Poll 22nd prospect. He received 91 of 346 votes (26%). He finished comfortably ahead of Jhailyn Ortiz (77 votes, 22%). Deivi Grullon, Tom Windle, Victor Arano, and Darnell Sweeney with votes in the twenties and between 6-8% of the vote.
Nicholas Pivetta was acquired by the Phillies from the Washington Nationals for closer Jonathan Papelbon and cash on July 28, 2015. He was assigned to Reading.
Pivetta was drafted by the Nationals in the 4th round of the 2013 Amateur Draft out of New Mexico Junior College. The native of Victoria, British Columbia was a member of the Canadian Junior team from 2009-12.
Pivetta pitched well at the lowest levels of the Nationals’ system, and opened the 2015 season at Advanced-A Potomac. He posted a 7-4, 2.29 in 86.1 innings. After a mid-season promotion to Double-A Harrisburg in the Eastern League, Pivetta cratered in his 3 starts before the trade (0-2, 7.20, 5.4 BB/9, 3.6 K/9). He continued to struggle in 7 starts at Reading in the Eastern League (2-2, 7.31, 6.0 BB/9, 7.9 K/9).
I imagine he’ll get another crack at Double-A in 2016. He’ll need to avoid the walks to continue to move up as a starter.
Top 30 so far:
- N. Williams
- “C” Randolph
I’ll add a few new names to the next poll. Logan Moore and a couple other guys.
Next up is your selection for #23.