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Hanley deal nets young, talented arms in return

Hanley deal nets young, talented arms in return

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Hanley deal nets young, talented arms in return
While the key to the deal which sent Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers may have been the savings in salary, the Marlins did get two young arms in return for the talented, if enigmatic, infielder.

Nathan Eovaldi is the one to watch. No longer a true prospect because of the big league time he's logged, the right-hander began the year ranked No. 70 on MLB.com's Top 100 prospects list and No. 2 on the Dodgers Top 20. An 11th-round pick in the 2008 Draft, Eovaldi had Tommy John surgery in his junior year of high school, which undoubtedly impacted his Draft stock. So did some signability concerns, but the Dodgers were able to lure him away from the University of Texas for $250,000.

Eovaldi rushed back for his senior season of high school and his velocity came all the way back, and then some, once he turned pro. He's touched triple digits in the past and he'll sit comfortably in the mid-90s as a starting pitcher. More of a thrower than a pitcher coming out of high school, he's fine-tuned his slider to make it a tight breaking ball with a lot of tilt. He tends to throw strikes and is far ahead of the curve at age 22, already with more than 90 Major League innings to his credit.

"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.

"In terms of makeup, he's probably as good as anyone I've ever signed, and that includes [Clayton] Kershaw. His makeup is just fantastic."

Scott McGough is the other pitcher in the deal and he's just getting his career started. A 2011 fifth-round pick out of the University of Oregon, the right-hander is a reliever all the way. The Dodgers sent him to the Class A Advanced California League, where he's struck out 9.1 batters per nine innings. He'll throw his fastball in the 91-to-95-mph range.

His secondary stuff isn't as good as his fastball, with his slider being his best other option. He's not overly physical, but his athleticism and arm strength allow him to succeed. He's struggled with his command at times, walking 4.7 per nine. While he is very competitive, scouts don't think he'll be a closer down the line, with upside as a setup or middle man or a future as a situational reliever.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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