The Marlins hope to get some early returns on the Hanley Ramirez trade when righty Nathan Eovaldi makes his first start for Miami on Saturday.
The 22-year-old Eovaldi, acquired along with Minor Leaguer Scott McGough on Wednesday for Ramirez and Randy Choate, was 1-6 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 starts with the Dodgers this season, and he also appeared 10 times for Los Angeles last year. He gave up just one run despite scattering seven hits over 4 1/3 innings against the Mets in his last outing as a Dodger. He struck out seven batters in that game, tying a career high.
Eovaldi may prove to be the gem of the Ramirez deal. The Dodgers certainly thought a lot of the youngster, who looks to kick off a successful tenure in Miami.
“He commands the zone well for a young kid, competes his butt off and isn’t afraid of anything or anybody,” Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White said before the season. “I think you’re looking at a kid that, as long as he stays healthy, should be a heck of a big leaguer for a while.”