The Phillies had a pitcher, Nick Pivetta, who stood out in Friday’s 9-4 drubbing by the Yankees in the Grapefruit League lid lifter at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
Pivetta pitched like he belongs in a major league rotation. In his two innings he struck out Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner back to back in his first inning and Gary Sanchez in his second inning of work.
He got Judge swinging on what looked like an 80 mph curve ball, watch HERE. Gardner swinging on an 83 mph slider; then Sanchez on a called strikeout when he painted the outside corner with a 91 mph fastball.
Pivetta will soon leave the Phillies to join Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. Should be fun to watch him work in that tournament. Read HERE.
Saturday’s Yankees game in Clearwater was another great story. Rhys Hoskins showed what we already know: He is ready now for the Show to hit in the clutch with power.
Rhys hit a tape measure home run in the sixth inning to the right of the batter’s eye in center field to put the Phillies up 5-3. Watch HERE.
The Yankees came back to tie it up 5-5 going into the bottom of the ninth. Hoskins came back with one out to double to left which set up the winning run in the Phillies 6-5 win. Watch HERE. You can also watch Hoskins’ post-game interview, HERE.
It has been a great start to the Grapefruit League season for Nick Pivetta and Rhys Hoskins. We can only hope the Phillies Front Office realizes what they have now in these two stars of the future!