Saturday, December 20, 2014

Meet a Prospect: Nathan Eovaldi

Nathan Edward Eovaldi was born on February 13, 1990 and has spent time in his major league career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Miami Marlins and is now a New York Yankees player. Eovaldi was traded along with first baseman Garrett Jones for the Yankees Martin Prado and David Phelps on Friday so we will do what we always do by introducing you to the newest member of the Yankees family.

Eovaldi was drafted by the Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2008 MLB First year Player’s Draft out of Alvin High School. Eovaldi was expected to go much higher than the 11th round before a Tommy John Surgery in his junior season dramatically hurt his draft stock. Eovaldi was not long for the Dodgers system as he made his major league debut on August 6, 2011 as the starting pitcher against the Arizona Diamondbacks pitching five innings and allowing two runs while striking out seven batters. This was all without mentioning getting a single in his first major league at bat and coming around to score a run for the icing on a spectacular debut in the show. Eovaldi was back in the minors to begin the 2012 season before coming up mid-season to make 10 starts posting a 1-6 record with a 4.15 ERA.

On July 25, 2012 Eovaldi was traded along with pitcher Scott McGough to the Miami Marlins for Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate. Eovaldi had another spectacular debut for his new team beating the San Diego Padres on July 28. Eovaldi started 12 games for Miami posting a 3-7 record with a 4.43 ERA for a combined 4-13 record in 22 starts with a 4.30 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 47 walks and 78 K’s in 119.1 IP. Eovaldi would post

Welcome to New York Nathan. You have some shoes to fill in the fans eyes in the absence of Mr. Phelps. Good luck and welcome to the family.

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