OTTAWA- Victoria, BC native Nick Pivetta is set to make his big league debut as the Philadelphia Phillies will recall the right-hander in time to start Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
The 24 year-old is 3-0 with a sparkling 0.95 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched over three starts with Triple-A Lehigh Valley including one complete game.
In March, Pivetta started for Canada against Colombia and allowed just one run over four innings of work at the World Baseball Classic in Miami. As an amateur, Pivetta participated in Baseball Canada’s Junior National Team program and pitched in the 2010 IBAF World Junior (U-18) Baseball Championships in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Originally drafted by the Washington Nationals in the fourth round of the 2013 draft our of New Mexico Junior College, Pivetta was dealt to the Phillies in 2015 for closer Jonathan Papelbon.
In his time with the Phillies, Pivetta has risen up the prospect rankings to where he sits 12th overall in the Phillies’ organization according to MLBPipeline.com.
He is set to become the 260th Canadian to play in the big leagues and the seventh Canadian to appear on an active big league roster in 2017.