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Nathan Edward Eovaldi

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Nathan Eovaldi was an 11th-round choice by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2008 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Chris Smith and was 0-1, 0.84 in seven games in the minor leagues that year all in relief. Eovaldi then became a starter with the Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League in 2009, posting a 3-5 record, 3.27 in 96.1 innings. In 2010, he again pitched fewer than 100 innings, this time with three different teams, due to some rehabilitation outings at lower levels, most of his time being spent with the Inland Empire 66ers of the California League. He was 4-6, 4.30 overall.

After this unassuming beginning in the professional ranks, Eovaldi, vaulted all the way to the major leagues in 2011. Assigned to the AA Chattanooga Lookouts to start the year, Eovaldi was 6-5, 2.62 in his first 20 games, pitching 103 innings, giving up only 76 hits and striking out 99. On August 6th, he was called up to the big leagues to take the place of the injured Rubby De La Rosa in the Dodgers' starting rotation. Facing the Arizona Diamondbacks, he struck out 7 over 5 innings, giving up only two runs, and was credited with his team's 5-3 win. He also got a hit in his first major league at bat, against Joe Saunders. He made 10 appearances - 6 of them starts - for the Dodgers that first season, ending with a record of 1-2, 3.63. In 2012, he pitched 9 times for Chattanooga, with a record of 2-2, 3.09, then returned to Los Angeles on May 29th. In 10 big league starts, he was only 1-6, 4.15. On July 25th, he was traded along with Scott McGough to the Miami Marlins in return for Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate. His debut with the Marlins on July 28th was a successful one, as he allowed just one run in 5 1/3 innings in a 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres. He went 3-7 in 12 starts for the Marlins to finish the year at 4-13, 4.30.

Eovaldi had won a spot as the Marlins' number 2 starter in spring training in 2013 but was felled by a shoulder injury on the eve of opening day and had to start the year on the disabled list. He was only able to return on June 18th, but proved to be extremely solid from that point forward, even if wins were hard to come by. On August 10th, he had an excellent 3.19 ERA in 9 starts, but only a 2-2 record to show for it. That day he lowered his ERA even further with 7 shutout innings against the Atlanta Braves, who were on a 14-game winning streak, but he left with the ballgame still scoreless and did not get credit for the Marlins' 1-0 win on a 9th-inning run.

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