Nathan Edward Eovaldi ( /ɛˈvældi/ e-VAL-dee; born February 13, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Los Angeles Dodgers , Miami Marlins , and New York Yankees .

Baseball career

Eovaldi attended Alvin High School in Alvin, Texas , where he played for the school's baseball team. Eovaldi had Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow during his junior year of high school. [10] [11] In 2008, Eovaldi's senior year, he was an honorable mention on Texas' All-State team. [12] He committed to attend Texas A&M University on a college baseball scholarship. [11]

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Eovaldi in the 11th round of the 2008 MLB Draft . His draft stock had fallen because of his first Tommy John surgery. Eovaldi signed with the Dodgers, receiving a $250,000 signing bonus , forgoing his commitment to Texas A&M. [11] He made his way through the Dodgers' farm system , pitching for the Gulf Coast Dodgers of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2008 and the Great Lakes Loons of the Class A Midwest League in 2009. In 2010, with the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino of the Class A-Advanced California League , Eovaldi was selected to the mid-season California League all-star team. Eovaldi was promoted to the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Class AA Southern League in 2011 and was selected to the mid-season all-star game. He had a 6–5 win–loss record with a 2.62 earned run average (ERA) for the Lookouts, where he started 19 games. He was also selected to the post-season All-Star team. [13]

Eovaldi was called up to the majors for the first time on August 6, 2011, and was the starting pitcher that night against the Arizona Diamondbacks . [14] In the game, he picked up the win, while pitching five innings, allowing only two runs while striking out seven. He also hit a single in his first major league at bat and scored a run. His seven strikeouts were tied for fourth in Dodgers' history for a major league debut and he was only the fourth Dodger pitcher to score a run in his debut since 1960. [15] Eovaldi became the first Dodger starter since Danny McDevitt in the 1957 season to start his career with four games of five innings or more while allowing two runs or less. [16] He made 6 starts for the Dodgers and was then moved to the bullpen in order to keep his innings down for the season. [17] He pitched in four games out of the bullpen late in the season. His 2011 totals included a 1–2 record and 3.63 ERA. [18]

After beginning the 2012 season with Chattanooga, Eovaldi made his first appearance of the season for the Dodgers on May 29 when he started against the Milwaukee Brewers . He had four strikeouts, allowed 4 hits and 2 runs through 7 innings in a 1–2 loss. In 10 starts with the Dodgers, he had a 1–6 record with a 4.15 ERA.

Miami Marlins

On July 25, 2012, Eovaldi was traded, along with minor league pitcher Scott McGough , to the Miami Marlins for Hanley Ramírez and Randy Choate . In his first game with the Marlins, he got the win vs the San Diego Padres on July 28. [10] He started 12 games for the Marlins in 2012, with a 3–7 record and 4.43 ERA. He finished the season with a 4–13 record in 22 games with a 4.30 ERA, a 1.51 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) ratio, 47 walks , and 78 strikeouts in 119 1 3 innings pitched.

In 2013, Eovaldi had a 4–6 record with a 3.39 ERA and 78 Strikeouts in 18 starts.

In 2014, Eovaldi had a 6–14 record with a 4.37 ERA. He allowed 223 hits , the most in the National League . He set new career highs with 33 games started and 199 2 3 innings pitched. [10]

New York Yankees

On December 19, 2014, the Marlins traded Eovaldi, Garrett Jones , and Domingo Germán to the New York Yankees for Martín Prado and David Phelps . [10]

Eovaldi made his first start for the Yankees on April 10, 2015 against the Boston Red Sox , where he pitched 5.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 8 hits. He was credited with a no-decision as the Yankees lost to the Red Sox 6–5 in 19 innings. [10] Eovaldi developed a split-finger fastball , which led to improved results. [10] From June 20 through August 24, Eovaldi pitched to a 8–0 record with a 2.93 ERA. In September, Eovaldi experienced elbow inflammation, ending his regular season. [10] He went 14–3 with a 4.20 ERA for the season. [25] Eovaldi was prepared to pitch in the 2015 American League Division Series , but the Yankees were eliminated in the 2015 American League Wild Card Game . [10]

On August 16, 2016, it was announced that he would miss the remainder of the 2016 season and possibly the 2017 season due to a torn flexor tendon and partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow. [10] Several days later, the Yankees announced that Eovaldi had undergone his second Tommy John surgery. [28] Eovaldi was expected to miss the 2017 season, after which he would have become eligible for free agency. [29] On November 23, the Yankees released Eovaldi. [30]

Tampa Bay Rays

On February 14, 2017, Eovaldi signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays . The contract includes a $2 million club option for the 2018 season. [31] [32]