The Phillies finally pulled the trigger on a trade today, sending their all-time leader in saves, Jonathan Papelbon, along with cash to NL East Division rival Washington. In exchange for the veteran closer, the Phillies received the Nationals 10th best prospect, right-hander Nick Pivetta. MLBPipeline.com ranks him as the Phillies number 10 prospect in the organization as well.
Pivetta, 22, stands at 6'5", 220 pounds and is out of New Mexico Junior College. In his first season with the Nationals, Pivetta spent time with the Nats GCL club, posting a 2.13 ERA in 12 2/3 innings before making five starts with Washington's short season affiliate in Auburn, NY. In five starts for the Doubledays, Pivetta went 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP, striking out 17 batters and walking 11.