A Look at a New Diamondbacks Outfielder
Let’s take a look at Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton (not the former MLB pitcher Adam Eaton).
You might say that the Arizona Diamondbacks may be starting to look towards the future a bit. On Tuesday the team called up prospect Adam Eaton from Triple-A Reno. His promotion comes after center fielder Chris Young suffered a quadriceps injury on Monday. Eaton had a great year in the minors. He hit .375 with a .456 OBP and a.523 slugging percentage in 130 games between Double-A and Triple-A. He also had 5 triples, 7 homeruns, 47 doubles, 48 RBI, 44 stolen bases and 130 runs. He was named the Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player.
The reason you didn’t hear much about Eaton coming into 2012 season is because most baseball people (scouts) felt he would just be a fourth outfielder. It was said his inability to hit left-handed pitchers was his biggest issue. Well, Eaton has “silenced” some of his critics; he hit .387 off lefties at Reno. If you did not know, Eaton was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 19th round of the 2010 MLB Draft.
Eaton has never hit lower than .318 in his 2 1/2 minor league seasons. He was a Pioneer League all-star with Missoula in 2010, a California League all-star with Visalia in 2011 and a member of the Arizona Fall League all-prospect team following the 2011 regular season. He has 98 stolen bases and 263 runs in 319 minor league games. He had a combined .340 batting average with the Diamondbacks’ minor league affiliates.
Eaton is an excellent line-drive, contact hitter. He also has great speed on the base paths. Another thing to consider is that he can play all three outfield positions. He has little left to prove after nearly three minor league seasons and could be the leadoff hitter the Diamondbacks have been looking for recently. If his minor league numbers translate to the next level, he will be the kind of player the Diamondbacks have really never had in their 15 seasons; a hit or walk leadoff hitter who has the ability to steal bases.
He is listed at just 5-8, 185 pounds. However, he’s got all the tools, including above-average running speed and a very strong throwing arm. While he doesn’t have huge home run power, he has good pop and can “sting” the ball to all fields. Minor league pitchers couldn’t find any weaknesses in his approach and he has handled both fastballs and breaking balls very well. Eaton is also well-regarded for his work ethic and intensity. He will bring energy to the game.
So when I see you at the ballpark, take a look at Adam Eaton’s play both offensively and defensively.