Not so fast!
Now, I am not saying that Eveland is the second coming, but I can say or a certainty that he IS NOT a starter. Well, let me qualify that. He might (BIG MIGHT), be a #5 and I guess the Dodgers could use a #5. He was 9-9 in 2008 for the A’s with a credible 4.34 ERA as he started 29 games, but I still think he’s better out of the pen.
His fastball as a starter is 89-92, but like lots of relievers, he hits 94-95 out of the pen. He has a nice fastball as a reliever and a good change. His curve and slider are very average.
You never know what people are thinking, but I think that the Dodgers might just be looking at him in the pen.
He’s a prospect… for the pen. Just remember that what you see might not be what you get.
As a reliever, I think he’s a guy who can throw strikes and get ahead in the count. He works quickly and is very adept at changing speeds. That’s often a recipe for success out of the pen.
He does tend to be a “fat boy” so reporting in shape is critical. If he looks like David Wells in the spring, he’s toast!