STS Selects: Nathan Eovaldi, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
The July 4th holiday weekend signals the start of a summer dynasty league draft in a league I participate in. Having taken over the franchise about this time last year, we find ourselves in the midst of a rebuild and working to add talent.
In this particular format, college players are eligible to be drafted so just about all of the major college talents are already taken. This leaves a draft pool full of high school talents and minor league prospects who are unowned.
Round 3, Pick 5: Nathan Eovaldi, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
A personal favorite, I scouted Nathan Eovaldi during game two of a doubleheader in which fellow Dodger Rubby De La Rosa faced off against Braves top prospect Randall Delgado in game one. Surprisingly enough, Eovaldi’s raw stuff was not as steep a drop off from the two, top-100 prospects as one would think. With a 94-96 MPH fastball and slider with quick, late action, he dumbfounded the Mississippi Braves lineup for five innings before having to head back to the Atlanta area for a prior commitment.
Soon after selecting Eovaldi, Nationals pitching prospect Brad Peacock was named one of Baseball America’s top-50 prospects. Immediately, I wondered if I made the wrong decision as Peacock was still on the board at the time of the pick. Here’s how the two compare as double-A starting pitchers.
Eovaldi (2/1990) – 2.45 FIP, 9.73 K/9, 3.06 BB/9, 1.51 GO/AO
Peacock (2/1988) – 1.87 FIP, 11.77 K/9, 2.18 BB/9, 0.86 GO/AO
Yes, Peacock has better raw numbers and nobody can really argue that fact. However, what about age versus level? Peacock is a full two years older than Eovaldi who is receiving absolutely no prospect love other than what’s been written on STS.
I can now say I’m the proud owner of Eovaldi in every prospect league I’m in. Those who participate in multiple dynasty leagues understand how gratifying it is to just be able to pull for their guy across a number of leagues. I’m all in on Eovaldi. I just hope he winds up being pocket aces and not a 2-7 offsuit.