2013 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper: Adam Eaton

By Adam McGill
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With Justin Upton heading to the Atlanta Braves, it meant that the Arizona Diamondbacks would finally be giving the open spot in the outfield to their highly touted prospect, Adam Eaton.

The lefty has a strong eye for the baseball and will be a great matchup advantage for Arizona in the future. Eaton boasted an incredible .375 combined MILB batting average last season. He is an outstanding contact hitter and even showed similar success in the pros. He registered 22 hits with 14 walks in just 22 games and showed some true fantasy baseball potential. Not to mention that the rookie had a jaw-dropping .382 On Base Percentage.

Eaton possesses very deceptive speed and the 24-year-old stole 44 bases throughout the minors last season. He may have only stolen two bases through his first 22 games in the MLB, but the kid is still getting adjusted in the bigs. Most players have more speed in their younger years, so this contact hitter will provide fantasy owners with a solid batting average along with a decent number of stolen bases.

AE has shown limited home run power ability, but he will get all the chances in the world to hit homers in the thin air of Arizona. The ball seems to fly off the bat much farther in the desert, so don’t be surprised to see Eaton hit 20 dingers in his first full season.

Eaton will be a great third fantasy outfielder to target in deeper leagues this season. He has a great eye, above average speed, and more importantly, no one else seems to have him on their fantasy radar. Draft him anywhere after the tenth round and be content with his starter quality numbers week after week.


Adam McGill is the Fantasy Sports Network Manager at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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