If you are like me, until recently you hadn’t heard of Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton. Maybe you are just hearing about him right now. He is a young and talented player that will be the future of the Diamondbacks lineup and outfield. With the turnover in the outfield many wondered what in the world the Diamondbacks were doing during the off-season. One thing they might have had in mind was giving Eaton the chance to be the player he can be in the majors. I don’t think they’ll be disappointed.
Eaton was up last season for a few games at the end of the season. Before his run was ended by a fractured hand, he played pretty well. A .254 average and .382 on-base percentage shows at least one important thing. The near 130 point difference between his average and his on-base percentage shows me he knows how to get on base. If that were a .300 average the on-base percentage would be in All-star ranges.
You might be asking yourself what that matters since he only hit in the .250 range last year. Take a look at his minor league seasons for a clearer picture. Just last year he combined for a .375 batting average and an on-base percentage way up at .456. Not impressed? How about scoring 130 runs in 130 games? Does that do it for you? It does for me. I’m telling you this guy has every bit the potential to bust out with a year as good as or better than that of Mike Trout last season for the Los Angeles Angels.
Yes, I actually did just say that. Of course he might not have a good season this year. He might wind up not even playing the majority of the games for one reason or another. Anything is possible. If he gets a lot of playing time and adjusts to the major league speed of the game well enough, look for big exciting things from Eaton. If you aren’t a Diamondbacks fan, look to be extremely irritated for how good he is at getting on base against your team’s best pitcher.