Adam Eaton (outfielder)

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Adam Eaton
Chicago White Sox – No. 1
Born: (1988-12-06) December 6, 1988 (age 26)
Springfield, Ohio
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 4, 2012 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
(through May 18, 2015)
Batting average .275
Home Runs 6
Runs batted in 64
Career highlights and awards

Adam Cory Eaton (born December 6, 1988) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2012 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and played with them through the 2013 season. Prior to playing professionally, he played college baseball for Miami University.


Amateur career[edit]

Eaton graduated from Kenton Ridge High School in Springfield, Ohio. He is the fourth player to reach the major leagues from Kenton Ridge preceded by Dave Burba, Rick White and Dustin Hermanson. A pitcher and outfielder in high school, Eaton's fastball could reach as high as 92 mph, while he batted .482 in his junior season in 2006.[1] He helped lead his team to the regional finals in 2004 and 2005.[2] Eaton earned All-Ohio honorable mention honors that year,[3] as well as being named to the All-Miami Valley first team and the Springfield News-Sun‍ '​s All-Area first team as a sophomore and junior.[1][4] However, a bulging disc suffered while playing basketball limited Eaton in his senior season in 2007.[2][3]

Eaton committed to attend Miami University on a college baseball scholarship. Miami recruited Eaton as a two-way player.[1] He played for the Miami RedHawks baseball team in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I.[1] In 2009, he was named a MAC All-Star outfielder.

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

The Diamondbacks drafted Eaton in the 19th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, with the 571st overall selection.[5] In 2010 and 2011, Eaton had a .340 batting average with the Diamondbacks' minor league affiliates.[6] Eaton was named a Pioneer League All-Star outfielder in 2010,[7] and a California League All-Star in 2011.[8] In 2011, he batted .318 with 145 hits and 72 walks, good for a .434 on-base percentage (OBP), which was the fourth best OBP in minor league baseball.[9] Eaton also stole 34 bases.[9] He was invited to spring training in 2012, where he impressed Diamondbacks' manager Kirk Gibson,[10] and received as many at bats as Diamondbacks regulars.[9]

Eaton played for the Reno Aces of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) in 2012. He was named the PCL Rookie of the Year[11] and Most Valuable Player.[12] The Diamondbacks called Eaton up to the major leagues on September 4.[13] Eaton was expected to play for the Diamondbacks for the 2013 season, but suffered an injury to his right elbow suffered during spring training. He returned to the Diamondbacks in July,[14] and played in 66 games.

Chicago White Sox[edit]

On December 10, 2013, the Diamondbacks traded Eaton to the Chicago White Sox in a three-team deal, involving the Diamondbacks, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the White Sox. The Diamondbacks received Mark Trumbo from the Angels and two players to be named later (Brandon Jacobs and A. J. Schugel) and the Angels received Tyler Skaggs from the Diamondbacks and Hector Santiago from the White Sox.[15][16]

Eaton batted .300 with 15 stolen bases during the 2014 season. During spring training in 2015, Eaton and the White Sox agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $23.5 million, with options for two additional years.[17] During a game against the Kansas City Royals on April 22, 2015, Eaton grounded out to Yordano Ventura, who shouted profanity at Eaton then it ignited a bench-clearing brawl. Eaton was unaffected while five players, including Ventura were ejected.[18]


Eaton has been confused with former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Adam Eaton. On one instance, he received six licensing checks from MLB worth $20,000 each, and has received fan mail meant for the MLB veteran.[6][19] Eaton is married to former Miami (Ohio) softball player Katie Osburn Eaton.


  1. ^ a b c d "Springfield News-Sun Archive of Past Articles". Springfield News-Sun. October 26, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b Jablonski, David (May 1, 2007). "Cougars' Eaton: 'I have to be playing': Senior missed most of the regular season after suffering a back injury". Springfield News-Sun. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Jablonski, David (April 17, 2007). "Eaton's back injury hurts Kenton Ridge". Springfield News-Sun. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Springfield News-Sun Archive of Past Articles". 
  5. ^ "JournalNews Archive of Past Articles". JournalNews, The. June 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "D-backs prospect wrongly receives checks worth $120K". Tucson Citizen. March 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ " Eaton Named Pioneer League All-Star". Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Sports headlines: Area players named to All-Ohio softball teams". Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c "D-backs' young position players talented, too". March 16, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Cincinnati Reds – Recap – March 18, 2012 – ESPN". March 18, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  11. ^ Clayton Klapper/Arizona Sports. "Adam Eaton earns PCL Rookie of the Year honors". Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  12. ^ Piecoro, Nick. "Adam Eaton, PCL MVP; September call-ups; farm report; & other stuff". Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  13. ^ Green, Adam. "Arizona Diamondbacks call up prospect Adam Eaton". Arizona Sports. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Diamondbacks' Adam Eaton learning lessons in a lost season". Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Mark Trumbo traded to Diamondbacks in three-team deal". Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  16. ^ "D-backs use three-team deal to get Trumbo's power bat". Major League Baseball. Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
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  18. ^ Padilla, Doug. "Tempers flare at Chicago, five ejected.". ESPN. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  19. ^ Parker, John (March 15, 2013). "Q&A: D-backs' Eaton ready for bigs | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved October 15, 2013. 

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