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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Nate Eovaldi throws 100 mph

Eovaldi touches triple digits, Christian Arroyo’s childhood, and Carlos Gomez signing official

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Nate Eovaldi has the potential to be one of the better starting pitching options in baseball, and taking in account it is still spring training, he has looked dominant and has heavily impressed during first two outings of the year.

Yesterday afternoon against the New York Yankees, Eovaldi tallied two innings pitched, allowing two hits but also picking up a couple of strikeouts, walking none. He flashed his high velocity, touching triple digits during his second inning of work. That combined his hard breaking stuff, Eovaldi looks very dominant thus far.

On the offensive side of things, notable performances from Mallex Smith (three hits), Jake Bauers, and Brandon Snyder (multi-hit games). Peter Maris launched a three run HR in the top of the 9th for the final runs of the game for Tampa Bay as they defeated New York, 9-1.

Following the game, Kevin Cash raved about Mallex Smith’s day, as well as several of the pitchers, noting Eovaldi and Yonny Chirinos.

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“He can impact a baseball like not too many in our entire organization,” Rays farm director Mitch Lukevics said. “It jumps off his bat and it can go to left field, center field, right field. He has power to all fields.”

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