Former Victoria HarbourCats hurler Nick Pivetta of the Philadelphia Phillies made his MLB debut today vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers in LA.
The Victoria, BC native made two starts for the Cats in 2013, including the inaugural WCL home game at Royal Athletic Park, which Pivetta won 8-6 vs. Kelowna. Nick went 2-0 while with Victoria before signing with the Phillies.
In Pivetta’s big-league debut, the right-hander turned in a quality start tossing 5 innings while giving up two runs in the Phils 5-3 loss at Los Angeles.
Pivetta is the first former HarbourCat player to reach the major leagues.
ABOUT THE WEST COAST LEAGUE
The West Coast League is the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi. The 13-year-old, 11-team, professionally operated wood-bat league located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest features pro prospects from major conferences across the nation and an unparalleled history out west of great fan and player experiences in addition to the best summer weather in North America. In 2016, 88 players with WCL experience were selected in the MLB June draft, and more than 230 WCL alums appeared in affiliated professional baseball including 28 in the major leagues, such as 2015 home-run leader Chris Davis (Baltimore), 2015 NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Matt Duffy (Tampa Bay) and rising star pitchers Matt Andriese (Tampa Bay), Matt Boyd (Detroit) and James Paxton (Seattle). Overall member attendance was 379,611 this past season.