Nick Pivetta
Nick Pivetta
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Philadelphia Phillies
2020 Fantasy Outlook
2019 was supposed to be Pivetta's breakout campaign, as his underlying numbers suggested that a big improvement from his 4.77 ERA was coming. Unfortunately for those who bought into the hype, that didn't come close to happening. He was sent to the minors in mid-April after posting an 8.35 ERA in his first four starts and never really got things together even after returning in late May, posting a 4.66 ERA the rest of way. He lost his rotation spot for good in mid-July, spending the rest of the year in the bullpen. Pivetta's rough season was the product of his numbers falling off across the board. His BB% rose from 7.4% to 9.3%, while his formerly promising 27.1 K% plummeted to 21.1 K%. He also saw his HR/9 balloon to 1.92. The Phillies don't have much reason to bring the Canadian back into the rotation, and there's little reason to believe he'll suddenly become a relief ace. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Phillies in March of 2018.
Rotation spot unlikely
PPhiladelphia Phillies
March 27, 2020
Pivetta's shot at a rotation spot could take a hit with a shortened schedule, as that could lead to the Phillies promoting Spencer Howard for the start of the season, Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
ANALYSIS
Pivetta was already seemingly an underdog in a battle with Vince Velasquez and Ranger Suarez for the Phillies' final rotation spot. His 8.22 ERA and 1.83 WHIP in 7.2 spring innings didn't exactly help his case. If Howard is indeed given the job from the start of the campaign, all three of those pitchers would be consigned to a bullpen role (if they even start the campaign in the majors). Pivetta would need at least one and possibly multiple injuries ahead of him if he's to end up in a fantasy-relevant role.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
54
Last 10 Games
21
Last 5 Games
18
How many pitches does Nick Pivetta generally throw?
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
What part of the game does Nick Pivetta generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .264 794 191 81 184 28 6 27
Since 2017vs Right .279 905 226 66 226 42 4 42
2019vs Left .261 201 40 24 46 9 3 10
2019vs Right .294 220 49 15 57 9 2 10
2018vs Left .276 308 79 27 75 8 1 12
2018vs Right .250 386 109 24 88 17 1 12
2017vs Left .253 285 72 30 63 11 2 5
2017vs Right .308 299 68 27 81 16 1 20
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-12%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-19%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-20%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.03 1.34 211.1 12 14 1 10.2 2.8 1.7
Since 2017Away 5.72 1.52 179.1 7 16 0 8.9 4.1 1.5
2019Home 5.79 1.59 56.0 4 3 1 8.2 3.5 1.9
2019Away 4.78 1.41 37.2 0 3 0 9.1 4.1 1.9
2018Home 4.34 1.20 91.1 4 8 0 11.1 2.4 1.3
2018Away 5.33 1.43 72.2 3 6 0 9.3 3.3 1.4
2017Home 5.34 1.33 64.0 4 3 0 10.7 2.8 2.1
2017Away 6.65 1.68 69.0 4 7 0 8.3 4.8 1.3
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Stat Review
How does Nick Pivetta compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.28
 
K/9
8.6
 
BB/9
3.7
 
HR/9
1.9
 
Fastball
94.6 mph
 
ERA
5.38
 
WHIP
1.52
 
BABIP
.322
 
GB/FB
1.52
 
Left On Base
68.4%
 
Exit Velocity
89.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
9.5%
 
Spin Rate
2552 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
35.7%
 
Swinging Strike
10.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Pivetta’s underlying numbers from his rookie campaign hinted at the possibility of improvement in 2018, and improvement did indeed come, with the righty cutting his ERA from an ugly 6.02 to a still-high 4.77. The story heading into 2019 is much the same, as Pivetta’s supporting statistics yet again suggest that he has the potential for more. He posted a strong 27.1% strikeout rate (13th-best among qualified starters) and a better-than-average 7.4% walk rate, leading to a solid 3.80 FIP. The problem for the Canadian remains the home-run ball. His career HR/FB remains a troubling 17%, well above the league average. If he can get that in line, he could develop into a workhorse that provides lots of strikeouts and a relatively low ERA. If the homer problem remains, he’ll do enough damage to fantasy owners’ ERAs to render him nothing more than a deep-league option despite the whiffs.
Pivetta was one of several young Phillies to be given a chance in the starting rotation, and like most of them, he struggled, putting up a 6.02 ERA in 133 innings. However, the underlying numbers suggest he deserved better. He struck out 9.5 batters per nine innings, well above the major-league average of 8.3 K/9, and his groundball percentage of 43.8 was right around the league average. His high ERA can be primarily attributed to a relatively high BABIP (.332) and a high HR/FB rate (18.2 percent), both of which can be expected to regress toward the mean next season. If the Phillies trust Pivetta's underlying numbers, he should be given a chance in the rotation again next year and could have more success. Still, he doesn't look like much more than a back-end starter long term.
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Hoping to feature changeup
PPhiladelphia Phillies
February 24, 2020
Pivetta is hoping to feature a changeup this season, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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Starting spring opener
PPhiladelphia Phillies
February 18, 2020
Pivetta will start the Phillies' Grapefruit League opener Saturday against the Tigers, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Joins big-league club
PPhiladelphia Phillies
September 3, 2019
Pivetta was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PPhiladelphia Phillies
August 24, 2019
Pivetta was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday.
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Moving to bullpen
PPhiladelphia Phillies
July 19, 2019
Pivetta will transition into a bullpen role for the Phillies, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
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