Pivetta has given up eight runs on 14 hits -- including four home runs -- while striking out 11 in 13.1 innings so far this spring. He has issued six walks.
Pivetta has given up at least one walk and one homer in all four of his starts so far, so the 5.40 spring ERA is deserved, but he took a step forward in his most recent appearance (two runs allowed, 5:1 K:BB in five innings). Last year was ugly for Pivetta, but Eno Sarris of The Athletic recently laid out a case for why the Phillies should remain optimistic about the right-hander, noting the possible benefits of better fastball location and the improvement Pivetta showed with his curveball late in 2017. He appears to be locked into the Phillies' rotation with Jerad Eickhoff sidelined with a lat strain.
Montemurro lists Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez (finger) as the likely rotation locks, leaving Pivetta to vie with Mark Leiter, Ben Lively, Jake Thompson, Zach Eflin (shoulder) and any veteran free agent the club may sign for back-end slotting. After riding a mid-90s fastball to a 9.5 K/9 rate over 133 innings in the big leagues as a rookie, Pivetta seemingly offers more fantasy upside than the arms he's competing with, though issues with walks and home runs could make him an ERA and WHIP sinkhole, as was the case in 2017. If Pivetta can show some improvement with keeping the ball in the yard and getting through innings more efficiently in his Grapefruit League outings, he should come away with a starting gig.
Pivetta fanned seven and walked five while tossing five scoreless frames in a winning effort against the Mets on Sunday.
He cruised to an easy win, thanks to a robust 11 runs of support (including a six-run fourth) provided by the Philly offense. The outing lowered Pivetta's ERA to 6.02 for the season, and he'll likely report to spring training in February with an opportunity to compete for a spot in the back of the rotation on the strength of his 140 strikeouts in 133 innings at the big-league level this season.
Pivetta (7-10) notched the win in Sunday's 2-0 victory over Atlanta, allowing five hits while walking one and striking out four over six shutout innings.
Pivetta's picked up consecutive victories while logging quality starts in each, making a complete 180 after allowing 13 runs in 10 innings over his previous two starts. The rookie right-hander hasn't pitched more than six innings in any of his past 14 outings, but has excellent strikeout upside given his 9.4 K/9. He's scheduled to start next Sunday's season finale against the Mets.
Pivetta (6-10) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out eight batters through six innings to record the win against the Dodgers on Monday.
After allowing 13 runs through just 10 innings in his past two outings, this was a promising bounce-back showing from Pivetta. His 9.5 K/9 and strong track record in the minors highlight his upside, and Pivetta could be utilized in favorable matchups moving forward, but he's far from a sure thing. He projects to make his next start against the Braves at SunTrust Park.
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|2015||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||2||2||7.31||7||7||0||0||0||28.1||32||24||23||4||3||19||25|
|2016||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||1||2||2.55||5||5||0||0||0||24.2||20||7||7||2||2||10||27|
|2016||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||11||6||3.41||22||22||1||1||0||124.0||108||50||47||10||6||41||111|
|2017||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||5||0||1.41||5||5||1||1||0||32.0||25||6||5||1||1||2||37|