Nicholas Johncarlo Pivetta
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 5", Weight 220 lb.
- School New Mexico Junior College
- High School Lambrick Park Secondary School
- Debut April 30, 2017
Pitcher Nick Pivetta was a 4th-round selection by the Washington Nationals in the 2013 amateur draft, out of a junior college in New Mexico. The scout was Mitch Sokol. However, Pivetta is a native of Victoria, BC and went to high school there. He was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team that took part in the 2010 World Junior Championship in Thunder Bay, ON, a team that finished fourth as the host nation of the tournament. He had one save in three games, allowing two runs (one earned) in 3 1/3 IP and striking out four.
The Canadian youngster was assigned to the GCL Nationals to begin his career and also pitched for the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League that first season, going 1-1, 2.91 in 9 games. He spent 2014 with the Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League where he made 26 appearances, 25 as a starter, pitching 132 1/3 innings. His record was 13-8, 4.22. He tied A.J. Cole for the most wins in the Nationals chain. He was third in the SAL in wins, behind Antonio Senzatela and Johendi Jiminian.
In 2015, he began the year in the Carolina League, going 7-4, 2.29 in 15 games for the Potomac Nationals. On July 10th, he was promoted to the Harrisburg Senators of the AA Eastern League. He went 0-2, 7.20 in his first three starts before being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on July 28th in return for closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Pivetta made his major league debut for the Phillies in April of 2017 and remained in the starting rotation for the rest of the season, making 26 starts with a record of 8-10, 6.02. he allowed 144 hits in 130 innings, but also struck out 140 batters. He was back in the starting rotation in 2018, but the Phillies were now competitive, and more was expected of him. On June 29th, he was chased from a game early, allowing 7 runs in 1 2/3 innings in a start against the Washington Nationals, being saddled with a 17-7 loss that left him with a record of 4-7. However, two days later, on Canada Day, he got a measure of redemption, as he volonteered to go to the bullpen as the Phils' game against the Nats moved deep into extra innings. He was brought in to pitch the 13th and gave manager Gabe Kapler a scoreless inning with the score tied at 3. His turn to bat came up in the bottom of the inning and Kapler took a gamble, sending back-up C Andrew Knapp to pinch-hit for him, knowing full well he had no more pitchers left and would have to ask a position player to pitch he Philadelphia failed to score. However, Knapp came through with a walk-off homer and Pivetta was a winner in what was the first relief appearance of his big league career.