OXFORD, Ohio – Former Miami University outfielder Adam Eaton found himself right in the middle of a big trade on Tuesday.
Eaton, a three-year letter winner for the RedHawks, was part of a three-way trade that sent him from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Chicago White Sox. He has spent parts of the last two seasons in the majors, totaling 88 games played in the majors and batting .254 with five home runs and seven stolen bases.
A native of Springfield, Ohio, Eaton entered the 2013 season rated as a top-100 prospect by both Baseball America (No. 73) and MLB.com (No. 97) after hitting .318 or better in three minor league seasons and posting a strong .382 on-base percentage in 22 games for the Diamondbacks in 2012. An elbow injury delayed the start of his season until July, but he still finished with 63 hits in 66 games, 17 of which went for extra bases.
Eaton played for the Red and White from 2008-10 and was a first-team All-Mid-American Conference pick and a second-team All-Mideast Region selection following the 2009 season. He also earned all-region honors in 2010. Eaton owns the school record with 18 career triples, including a school-record nine in 2010 and was drafted in the 19th round by Arizona following his collegiate career.
The 25-year old outfielder is expected to compete for a starting spot in Chicago’s outfield in 2014.