Outside the box is a daily article that is simple, fresh, and innovative. Here, we will be walking throw-away pitchers to the pedestal for a quick examination of their skills.
On The Pedestal: Nick Pivetta
Current ADP: 465
Brief Examination: I love nothing more than bringing up Pivetta’s name. He is a polarizing player because his “stuff” has always been tantalizing and yet the command keeps holding him back.
The movement on all of his pitches has always been above average. The four-seam has a vertical rise that is 2.1 inches above average. The curveball moves really well both vertically and horizontally. Lastly, the slider has some nice glove-side movement. But the command holds him back.
The four-seam and curveball are both thrown right down the middle too often and the slider is literally all over the place. This results in his pitches having above-average whiff rates because of the movement but they also let up a ton of hard contact. The four-seam and curveball both had a wRC+ against over 180 (!).
Interesting Stat: Pivetta has never had above league average contact rate. Meaning hitters have always been able to put the bat on the ball.
Role: Pivetta does have a spot in the rotation and could get you a decent amount of innings. If he could miraculously gain some command he can help your team but that is one big if. Grab him late in draft and holds otherwise leave him on the wire.