2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Nathan Eovaldi
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Boston Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and speculates on what fantasy baseball owners can expect during the 2019 MLB season.
One year removed from surgery, Nathan Eovaldi not only bounced back with his performance, he contributed to the Red Sox run to the World Championship. Between Tampa Bay and Boston, Eovaldi made 22 appearances (21 starts) in the regular season winning six of his 13 decisions. However, Eovaldi did record a 3.81 ERA, 3.67 xFIP and 1.13 WHIP over his 111 innings with 101 strikeouts against only 20 walks.
Eovaldi finished with career bests in strikeout percentage (22.2 percent), strikeouts minus walks percent (17.8) and WHIP. He also upped his swinging strike percentage to 10.7 percent compared to 9.3 percent in 2016. Plus, Eovaldi limited traffic on the bases with a 4.4 percent walk rate in the majors.
In the postseason, Eovaldi surged making two starts of his six outings with two wins, two holds, a 1.61 ERA and 16 strikeouts against three walks over 22.1 innings. He also held hitters to a .185 batting average against (15-for-81) in the playoffs. Adding his postseason innings to...