Eovaldi excited about opportunity 2013 presents | Marlins.com

nathan eovaldiAcquired from the Dodgers as part of the Hanley Ramirez deal last July 25, Eovaldi projects to fit into the middle of Miami’s rotation, behind Ricky Nolasco and Jacob Turner.

Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez, brought in from the Blue Jays in November, are the primary candidates for the third and fourth spots. There will be plenty of competition for the fifth starter. Wade LeBlanc, Brad Hand, Tom Koehler, Alex Sanabia and John Maine are among the choices to win the final spot.

For Eovaldi, the numbers last season weren’t always ideal. He combined for a 4-13 record with the Dodgers and Marlins. But down the stretch, he began to figure things out. Mainly, he demonstrated better command, and kept hitters off-balance with his off-speed pitches.

“The whole experience last year helped a lot, getting all that experience under my belt,” Eovaldi said Saturday afternoon. “Just being able to compete at the big league level for almost a year was huge for me.”

The Houston native is in South Florida this weekend to participate as an instructor at Logan Morrison’s annual “LoMo Camp for a Cure,” a two-day event at the Elev8 Sports Institute in Delray Beach, Fla.

The Miami players in attendance at the camp are Morrison, Eovaldi, Juan Pierre, Christian Yelich and Justin Nicolino. Also offering instruction is Jeff Conine, a Marlins’ special assistant.

Nearly 100 campers are attending the event, which benefits the American Lung Association.

Marlins pitchers and catchers begin Spring Training workouts on Feb. 12 at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla.

Before the start of Spring Training, Eovaldi is returning to Texas for a few weeks.

When he returns, he hopes to continue to build on what he learned in ’12.

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