Adam Eaton, Center Field, Washington Nationals, #2
Date of Birth: 12/6/1988
Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio
College: Miami University of Ohio
Adam Eaton, center fielder for the Washington Nationals, was first drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010. He played in the minor leagues from 2010 through most of 2013, finishing with an impressive .348 batting average.
Eaton made his first appearance with the Diamondbacks in 2012, playing in 22 games with them. In 2013, he played in 66 games and batted .252 with 63 hits. He played 35 games in left field, 30 games in center field, and 4 games in right field. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox in December, 2013.
Eaton finished the 2014 season with 146 hits, 26 doubles, 35 RBIs, 15 stolen bases, and a .300 batting average in 123 games.
Eaton signed a five-year, $23.5 million contract extension with the White Sox in March, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with 175 hits, 28 doubles, 14 home runs, 18 stolen bases, 56 RBIs, and a .287 batting average. As a center fielder, he made 343 putouts and 5 errors in 145 games.
Eaton had a strong season in 2016, batting .284 in 157 games. He had career highs in hits (176), doubles (29), home runs (14), and RBIs (59). Defensively, as a right fielder in 121 games, he made 296 putouts and 3 errors for a .990 fielding percentage. He also played 1 game in left field and 48 games in center field.
Eaton was traded to the Nationals on December 7, 2016. He spent most of the 2017 season on the DL, playing in just 23 games with the Nationals.
Career batting statistics for Eaton through 2017 include:
- 544 games played
- 609 hits
- 103 doubles
- 190 RBIs
- 406 strikeouts to 209 walks
- .284 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Eaton as a center fielder through 2017 include:
- 385 games played
- 891 putouts
- 14 errors
- .985 fielding percentage