Tommy Eveld joined the Miami Marlins for Brad Ziegler at the 2018 trading deadline.
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Thomas Patrick Eveld is a 6’5″, 194 lb. right-handed pitcher from Coral Springs, Florida. If Eveld makes it as far as the majors, he will be the fourth from Coral Springs. The first three have all played over the past three seasons, Touki Toussaint, Stephen Cardullo, and Kevin Chapman.
Born on December 30th, 1993, Eveld played his college ball for the South Florida Bulls, where he posted a 2.21 ERA in 2016. He struck out 67 in 53 innings, and later was chosen in the ninth round of that season’s draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Follow him on Twitter @teveld.
Eveld was selected 269th overall, and would be the 10th player chosen at the position to make it to the majors. The group is led by Darryl Hamilton (1986, Milwaukee Brewers, 16.7 career WAR) and Whit Merrifield (2010, Kansas City Royals, 11.0 WAR).
After signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks for a $125,000 bonus, Eveld was assigned to the Hillsboro Hops in the short-season-A Northwest League. In 24 relief appearances, he went 2-1 with a 1.86 ERA and a 0.862 WHIP and 31 K’s in 29 innings.
Eveld split the 2017 campaign between the single-A Kane County Cougars and the high-A Visalia Rawhide. He was just awesome with the Cougars, pitching to a 0.33 ERA and a .184/.265/.264 opposing slashline. He finished with a 0.651 WHIP and 33 whiffs in 27 1/3 innings. After the promotion, his stats kind of came off the rails. In 19 contests, he posted a 5.73 ERA and a 1.500 WHIP.
2018 would see Eveld split his pre-trade season between the Rawhide and the double-A Jackson Generals in the Southern League. He was much improved, collecting 47 K’s in 40 2/3 innings and a 0.934 WHIP. On July 31st, the Diamondbacks traded Eveld to the Miami Marlins for Brad Ziegler. In his time with the Diamondbacks organization, he made the low-A midseason all-star team and the end-of-season ML All-Star Team.
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Eveld joined the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the SL after the trade. He struck out 14 in only 9 2/3 innings, and walked three to earn a 0.931 WHIP. On August 25th, he struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning to earn a save in a 5-4 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts (see above, courtesy of 2080 Baseball. He was invited to the prestigious Arizona Fall League after the regular season, and gave up nine runs in only 7 2/3 innings.
Eveld’s arsenal features a mid-90’s fastball, a slider, a curveball, and a changeup. He’s mostly a groundball pitcher, with 161-of-302 of his career-pro balls-in-play coming off the bat with a lower angled-plane. Still currently rostered with the Shrimp, his struggles in the AZL may have just been an aberration. Since he’ll be turning 25 next week, he may be about ready for a major league callup later in the 2019 campaign.
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