Friday, December 9, 2011
I picked up a couple of 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospect autos recently, Nathan Eovaldi and Ethan Martin. One of the autos I was actually searching for, the other I just stumbled upon and bought because it was so cheap.
I was on the hunt for an Eovaldi auto. I already had an in-person autograph and wanted something certified. Eo made six decent starts for the Dodgers in 2011. The team basically shut him down at the end of the year, putting him in the bullpen. With Hiroki Kuroda leaving for free agency and the Dodgers declining Jon Garland's 2012 option, it seemed like Eovaldi was going to be the Dodgers fifth starter in '12. Of course that idea was killed when Ned Colletti signed Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang. I honestly thought the Dodgers were going to bring Kuroda back and would need a cheap option in their rotation like Eovaldi, but I was wrong.
I'm not sure what the team's plans are for Eovaldi in 2012 now. He could be back in the bullpen, he could be back in the minors, who knows. I do think we'll see him starting games for the Dodgers eventually.
I was on my nightly eBay hunt for Dodger autographs when I came across this Ethan Martin autograph. Bidding started at 99 cents with free shipping. So I placed a $1.25 bid and I ended up winning it.
Martin was the Dodgers first-round draft pick in 2008 and has been a big disappointment. He split time between Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and AA Chattanooga last year. His AA numbers were decent, going 5-3 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP, mostly out of the bullpen. His Single-A numbers, not so good. As a starter at Rancho, he went 4-4 with a 7.36 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP. It may be time to go in another direction for young Martin.