LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — With their acquisition of Adam Eaton on Tuesday, the White Sox have landed a speedy, long-term solution in center field.
The team acquired Eaton from the Arizona Diamondbacks and sent Hector Santiago to the Los Angeles Angels as part of a three-team trade, per a baseball source.
Eaton, 25, bats left-handed and entered last season as the No. 4 rated prospect in the Diamondbacks’ farm system, per Baseball America.
So just what have the White Sox received in Eaton?
Former pro scout Bernie Pleskoff (@berniepleskoff) expects Eaton to immediately challenge to be the team’s starting centerfielder. Eaton, who was limited to 66 games after he suffered a left ulnar collateral injury in March, returned from his injury quickly and produced a .252/.314/.360 line with three homers and 22 RBIs in 277 plate appearances.
“He came back to soon,” Pleskoff said. “He is not as good a defensive player as his billings. He’s good. … Eaton could start for (the White Sox) this spring, that’s how advanced he is. His speed tool is all going to depend on his on-base percentage. Like all those speed guys, the Peter Bourjos guys of the world, that’s where he fits. Bourjos is a far better defender. Eaton could be in the nine-hole as well as the two-hole or the one-hole because he can run. And he has got good instincts. His arm is weak, not as strong as I’d like to see, and he has no power. But what you’re getting is a speedy center fielder only.”
A 19th-round draft pick in 2010, Eaton has a .348/.450/.501 slash line in 1,560 minor league plate appearances.