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Nathan Eovaldi: The Heart of a World Champion

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American pitcher Nathan Edward Eovaldi, who was born on February 13, 1990, plays for the Texas Rangers in Major League Baseball (MLB). He was a player for the Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, and Los Angeles Dodgers in Major League Baseball. 2011 saw Eovaldi make his MLB debut. In addition to being named an All-Star in 2021 and 2023, this baseball star has won the World Series championships with the Red Sox in 2018 and the Rangers in 2023.

In this article, we cover all the details about his personal life, the big career break, and his current whereabouts. Keep reading. 

Early Life

Nathan Eovaldi has been passionate about baseball since his childhood, and luckily enough, he got immense support from his parents to support his dreams. Eovaldi took part in the baseball team at Alvin High School in Alvin, Texas, where he went to school. In his junior year of high school, Eovaldi went through Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Eovaldi was also honored in the Texas All-State team in 2008, in his senior year. He joined to play college baseball at Texas A&M University on a scholarship.

Professional Career

Eovaldi started his career in the eleventh round of the 2008 MLB Draft when he was chosen by the Los Angeles Dodgers. His initial Tommy John surgery had caused his draft stock to decline. He opted to sign with the Dodgers instead of Texas A&M in exchange for a $250,000 signing bonus. After working his way up the Dodgers’ farm system, he pitched for the Great Lakes Loons of the Class A Midwest League in 2009 and the Gulf Coast Dodgers of the amateur-level Gulf Coast League in 2008.

Eovaldi was named to the California League midseason all-star team in 2010 while playing for the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino in the Class A-Advanced California League. In 2011, he also received a promotion to the Class AA Southern League’s Chattanooga Lookouts and was chosen for the mid-season all-star game. This promotion really gave him the push he needed for this career.

For the Lookouts, where he started 19 games, he had a 6–5 win–loss record and a 2.62 earned run average (ERA). In addition, he was chosen for the post-season All-Star squad.

On August 6, 2011, Eovaldi received his first call-up to the major leagues, and he started that game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He pitched five innings in the game, giving up just two runs and striking out seven to earn the victory. In his first at-bat in the major leagues, he also scored a run and hit a single. He was only the fourth Dodger pitcher to score a run in his major league debut since 1960, and his seven strikeouts tied for fourth in team history. 

Since Danny McDevitt in the 1957 season, Eovaldi was the first Dodger starter to start his career with four games of five innings or more and two runs or fewer allowed. After making six starts for the Dodgers, he was placed in the bullpen to limit his season-long innings. Late in the season, he made four appearances for the bullpen. He finished 2011 with a 1-2 record and a 3.63 ERA.

He started his 2012 season with Chattanooga, but on May 29 he made his Dodgers debut as the starting pitcher against the Milwaukee Brewers. In seven innings, he gave up two runs, four hits, and four strikeouts in a 1-2 loss. With the Dodgers, he had a 1–6 record and a 4.15 ERA in 10 starts.

Miami Marlins

Eovaldi was traded to the Miami Marlins on July 25, 2012, along with minor league pitcher Scott McGough, in exchange for Randy Choate and Hanley Ramírez. On July 28, he earned the victory over the San Diego Padres in his first game with the Marlins. In 2012, he made his Marlins debut in 12 games, going 3-7 with a 4.43 ERA. After 22 games and 119+1⁄3 innings pitched, he finished the season with a 4–13 record, 4.30 ERA, 1.51 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) ratio, 47 walks, and 78 strikeouts.

New York Yankees

On April 10, 2015, Eovaldi started for the Yankees for the first time against the Boston Red Sox. In five-plus innings pitched, he gave up two runs on eight hits. The Yankees fell short of the Red Sox, 6.5 in 19 innings, and he was given credit for a no-decision. Eovaldi improved his results by creating a split-finger fastball. Eovaldi pitched to an 8-0 record with a 2.93 ERA from June 20 to August 24. Eovaldi’s regular season was cut short due to elbow inflammation in September. Pitching 154+1⁄3 innings in 27 starts, Eovaldi finished 14-3 with a 4.20 ERA for the 2015 Yankees. Though the Yankees were eliminated in the Wild Card Game, he was ready to pitch in the ALDS.

It was revealed on August 16, 2016, that Eovaldi’s partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and torn flexor tendon in his pitching (right) elbow would keep him out of action for the rest of the season. The Yankees revealed a few days later that Eovaldi had undergone his second Tommy John surgery. Eovaldi pitched 124+2⁄3 innings in 2016 for the Yankees, recording a 9–8 record with a 4.76 ERA in 24 appearances (21 starts). It was anticipated that he would miss the 2017 season, at which point he would have been qualified for free agency. The Yankees released Eovaldi on November 23.

Boston Red Sox

Jalen Beeks and Eovaldi were traded by the Rays to the Boston Red Sox on July 25, 2018. On July 29, Eovaldi made his Red Sox debut by pitching seven innings without giving up a run in a 3–0 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Eovaldi had a 3.33 ERA, 3-3 record, and 48 strikeouts in 54 innings in 12 appearances (11 starts) during his time with the Red Sox in 2018.

Texas Rangers

As for his latest whereabouts, Eovaldi has signed a $34 million guaranteed two-year deal with the Texas Rangers on December 27, 2022, with a player option to vest in a third year. In the 2023 World Series, Eovaldi started Games 1 and 5, winning the crucial game. For the first time in franchise history, the Rangers would go on to win both the World Series and Game Five.

The world is still yet to see his great game and dedication in the upcoming games in his career.

Relationship

As of 2023, Nathan and Rebekah Eovaldi had been married for about 12 years. The two were classmates at the same Alvin High School in Alvin, Texas, when they first got to know one another. Since 2006, they have been romantically involved.

The couple has two children, a son, Jace Eovaldi (15th June, 2014), and a daughter, Adeline Eovaldi (11th Jan, 2019) and the family lives in Houston. 

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