Pivetta to make his debut for Phillies at Dodger Stadium

Nick Pivetta, centre (Victoria, BC) gets some advice from Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) right, during Pivetta's start against Colombia in the WBC, while Josh Nylor (Mississauga, Ont.) stands by. Photo: Amanada Fewer. 

Nick Pivetta, centre (Victoria, BC) gets some advice from Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) right, during Pivetta's start against Colombia in the WBC, while Josh Nylor (Mississauga, Ont.) stands by. Photo: Amanada Fewer. 

April 29, 2017


Pivetta to make big league debut in Los Angeles


By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- Victoria, BC native Nick Pivetta is set to make his big league debut as the Philadelphia Phillies will have the right-hander 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 over three starts with Triple-A Lehigh Valley including one complete game.

In March, Pivetta started for Canada against Colombia and allowed 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, Ont.

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.

Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.