27 Facts About Nathan Eovaldi


Nathan Edward Eovaldi is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball.

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Nathan Eovaldi previously played in MLB for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees, and Tampa Bay Rays.

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Nathan Eovaldi attended Alvin High School in Alvin, Texas, where he played for the school's baseball team.

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Nathan Eovaldi had Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow during his junior year of high school.

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In 2008, Nathan Eovaldi's senior year, he was an honorable mention on Texas' All-State team.

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Nathan Eovaldi 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.

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In 2010, with the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino of the Class A-Advanced California League, Nathan Eovaldi was selected to the mid-season California League all-star team.

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Nathan 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.

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Nathan 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.

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Nathan Eovaldi hit a single in his first major league at bat and scored a run.

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Nathan 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.

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Nathan Eovaldi made 6 starts for the Dodgers and was then moved to the bullpen in order to keep his innings down for the season.

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Nathan Eovaldi pitched in four games out of the bullpen late in the season.

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On July 25,2012, Nathan Eovaldi was traded, along with minor league pitcher Scott McGough, to the Miami Marlins for Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate.

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Nathan Eovaldi developed a split-finger fastball, which led to improved results.

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Nathan Eovaldi was prepared to pitch in the ALDS, but the Yankees were eliminated in the Wild Card Game.

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Nathan Eovaldi was expected to miss the 2017 season, after which he would have become eligible for free agency.

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On February 14,2017, Nathan Eovaldi signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays; the contract included a $2 million club option for the 2018 season.

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Nathan Eovaldi missed the entire 2017 season due to recovery from his prior elbow surgery.

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On March 28,2018, it was revealed that Nathan Eovaldi was diagnosed with "loose bodies" in his elbow, and was ruled out indefinitely.

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Nathan Eovaldi threw 97 pitches over six innings of relief before giving up a walk-off home run to Max Muncy, which made him the losing pitcher.

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Nathan Eovaldi allowed three hits and one earned run, while throwing 36 more pitches than starter Rick Porcello.

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Nathan Eovaldi received a standing ovation in Boston's clubhouse after the game.

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Nathan Eovaldi gave up the fewest walks per nine innings of any major league pitcher, at 1.

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Nathan Eovaldi finished fourth in American League Cy Young Award voting after the season.

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Nathan Eovaldi was Boston's Opening Day starter for the third year in a row, becoming the 12th Red Sox pitcher to do so, in a rematch against Gerrit Cole and the Yankees; he went five innings and allowed three runs on five hits.

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The amount of weak bat-to-ball contact that Nathan Eovaldi generates is due to the difficulty of predicting which of his five distinct pitches will be thrown at a given time, leading even the most accomplished hitters to guess incorrectly and swing at a slow curveball when expecting a splitter, for example.

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