The Phillies just traded arguably the best reliever in their history for a AA pitcher, in what is another good solid deal for the Phillies. The reliever is Jonathan Papelbon and right now we don’t know how much they are paying of his contract going forward but indication doesn’t seem to be much if any past this year. In return they get 6’5″ 22 year old RHP Nick Pivetta. Pivetta throws in the 90-94 range and has touched 96. Some evaluators think that the curveball could get to plus and he does have some feel for a changeup. He has struggled in 3 AA starts but will likely go to join the Reading rotation. Overall Pivetta is a bit raw for a AA arm, but there is enough stuff and command for a backend (#4) starter. If the Phillies can get some consistency out of his curveball and changeup there is a bit more ceiling than that.
He slots in at #10 on the Top 30 that will be out next week and is a solid return for a guy the Phillies didn’t need anymore. Ken Giles now takes over the mantle of being the closer on the worst team in baseball. The Phillies have continued their trend of filling the high minors with arms from trade while the rest of the system catches up. With the general rate of attrition this a good strategy for the future.