Adam Eaton
Adam Eaton
32-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Eaton showed signs of decline in 2019. His drop-off in 2020 was severe, however, as he finished with a .226/.285/.384 line in 41 games. Still just 32 years old, he shouldn't be collapsing quite yet (though his extended injury history makes that more of a possibility). The White Sox will certainly be hoping that was just a blip, as they brought him back on a one-year deal, lining him up as the team's primary right fielder. There are reasons to believe Eaton still has something in the tank, as his 38.2% hard-hit rate was actually a personal Statcast-era high, though it came with a 5.7-degree launch angle and an unimpressive .248 xBA. The upside here is modest, as he's never reached 20 homers or steals, so don't take him at a spot where you can't afford to cut bait if 2020 was the beginning of the end. Read Past Outlooks
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#380
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$Signed one-year, $7 million contract with the White Sox in December of 2020. Contract includes $8.5 million team option for 2022.
Back as Chicago's right fielder
OFChicago White Sox
December 8, 2020
Eaton agreed to a one-year, $7 million deal with the White Sox on Tuesday, Chuck Garfien of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
ANALYSIS
The contract also comes with a team option for a second year at $8.5 million. Eaton, 32, had the best three-year run of his career with the White Sox from 2014 through 2016 before getting traded to the Nationals. He hit .226/.285/.384 and was worth -0.5 fWAR in 41 games last year, but the White Sox are obviously betting on a bounce back. Eaton was worth 2.3 fWAR and slashed .279/.365/.428 with 15 home runs and 15 steals as recently as 2019. He finished this last season on the shelf with a fractured left index finger but that should be healed by now. He should be Chicago's everyday right fielder, but it is unclear where he will slot into the lineup.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+21%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+110%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+53%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .666 253 37 3 16 4 .243 .314 .351
Since 2018vs Right .808 949 143 21 84 23 .287 .375 .433
2020vs Left .366 45 6 1 3 0 .103 .186 .179
2020vs Right .768 131 16 3 14 3 .267 .318 .450
2019vs Left .787 157 27 2 10 4 .290 .359 .428
2019vs Right .794 499 76 13 40 11 .276 .366 .428
2018vs Left .552 51 4 0 3 0 .222 .286 .267
2018vs Right .845 319 51 5 30 9 .314 .411 .434
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+34%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+14%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .786 571 90 13 46 13 .278 .368 .418
Since 2018Away .771 631 90 11 53 14 .278 .357 .414
2020Home .748 103 14 4 12 3 .247 .307 .441
2020Away .557 73 8 0 5 0 .197 .254 .303
2019Home .821 304 50 8 23 6 .281 .383 .438
2019Away .768 352 53 7 26 9 .277 .349 .419
2018Home .746 164 26 1 11 4 .292 .378 .368
2018Away .853 206 29 4 22 5 .309 .407 .446
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Stat Review
How does Adam Eaton compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.38
 
BB Rate
6.8%
 
K Rate
18.2%
 
BABIP
.260
 
ISO
.157
 
AVG
.226
 
OBP
.285
 
SLG
.384
 
OPS
.669
 
wOBA
.293
 
Exit Velocity
79.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.3%
 
Barrels/PA
2.3%
 
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Eaton logged over 600 plate appearances for the first time since 2016 and hit a career-high 15 home runs while stealing 15 bases in 2019, his first 15-15 season. The 31-year-old struggled with power against southpaws in 2019, but recorded a higher batting average against left-handers (.290) than against right-handers (.276). He had struggled against southpaws in all areas over the prior three seasons. Eaton recorded a five-year-high 91.4 Z-Contact% and had an xwOBA in the .340s for the fourth consecutive season. The World Champion Nationals picked up Eaton's $9.5 million option for 2020, and he should slot back in near the top of a talented lineup, though with Anthony Rendon gone, Eaton will likely fall back under the century mark in runs scored. The speed may dry up soon with Eaton on the wrong side of 30, but he has a nice skills base and the performance risk with the hitting is basically nil.
Eaton had a quality year at the plate in 2018, hitting .300 for the first time since 2014 and just missing the .400 mark for his OBP. However, injuries took their toll for the second year in a row, and he was limited to just 95 games. A healthy Eaton figures to find himself hitting high in the Nationals’ order frequently in 2019. However, he notably struggles against left-handers, and the team will have four outfielders capable of playing at least semi-regularly even if Bryce Harper doesn’t return, including an ideal platoon partner in Michael Taylor. Even if he is healthy, Eaton will have a tough time approaching the 619 at-bats he racked up in his last full season in 2016, and his speed will likely continue to trend downward now that he's on the wrong side of 30.
Eaton only played in 23 games for the Nationals last season before tearing his ACL during a game against the Mets in late April. The 29-year-old had been traded from Chicago to Washington in the offseason and was playing well as the starting center fielder for his new club, slashing .297/.393/.462 with a pair of home runs and 13 RBI. Although Michael A. Taylor burst onto the scene in his absence, Eaton should be back in a starting role in the outfield (either in center field or left) and near the top of the order, assuming he makes it back to full health by the time spring training rolls around. Prior to last season, Eaton had hit at least 14 homers and stolen at least 14 bases in back-to-back seasons, and his near-elite on-base skills have held steady throughout his young career.
Baseball players are known for their statistical volatility in the early years of their career, and Eaton was no exception. After three seasons in the league, he had six homers to his name and a 48-point variance in his batting average. Over the past two seasons, Eaton's production has been incredibly stable in just about every category. He became the perfect tablesetter for the Chicago lineup, getting on base 36 percent of the time in each of the past three seasons while running the bases very well. All of his power comes from the right side (13 of his 14 homers came against righties), but he is split-neutral in terms of batting average. While Eaton hits too many groundballs to see his power numbers grow substantially, there is upside in the runs scored and stolen base categories following his trade to Dusty Baker's Nationals in December.
Eaton avoided the disabled list in 2015 for the first time in his brief MLB career. He struggled a bit in the first half of the season, posting a .692 OPS through the season’s first 81 games, but turned a corner after the All-Star break, posting a .418 OBP and finishing the season with 14 home runs (after hitting one the year before). He now has two consecutive seasons with an OPS+ of at least 120, and could score 100 runs even if his power dips. Eaton will hit leadoff for the White Sox again in 2016 while playing center field, and should be a sneaky four-category contributor once again.
Eaton was exactly the leadoff hitter the White Sox wanted when they acquired him as part of a three-way trade in December of 2013. He only had 15 steals, but his 10 triples led the American League and he set the table well for players like Jose Abreu behind him. Eaton plays with a bit too much energy at times, and both of his stints on the disabled list in 2014 were related to overexertion. He appears to be fully healthy heading into 2015, and should sit atop the order once again. With a slew of offseason improvements to the White Sox's lineup -- including the addition of Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche -- Eaton's counting stats could significantly improve this season if he can avoid the disabled list.
Eaton was slated to be the Diamondbacks' starting center fielder out of spring training, but he suffered an elbow injury that limited him to just 66 games last year. Even more disappointing for his fantasy owners was his lack of speed, often called his best attribute, as he stole just five bases in seven attempts. He struggled to find his groove, posting a lackluster .314 OBP. Presumably healthy, Eaton was traded to the White Sox as part of a three-team deal in December. He should get another chance to fill the leadoff role out of the gates for his new club in 2014, but he never had surgery to repair the tear in his UCL, which provides lingering concern about his ability to stay healthy.
Eaton has ascended the organizational depth chart in Arizona with very moderate recognition, hitting .300 and getting on base at a .400 clip at every minor league stop. After hitting .380/.455/.539 at Triple-A Reno, Eaton was given a taste of the big leagues in September while taking on the bulk of the playing time in center field for the D-Backs. Throughout his time in the minors, Eaton has proven capable of handling left-handed pitching, and his primary asset for fantasy owners beyond average and runs scored will likely be stolen bases after he went 44-for-55 prior to his promotion last season. Barring a trade of one of the D-Backs' other outfielders, Eaton may be limited to a part-time role if he breaks camp with the big club.
Eaton's full-season debut was impressive as he split his time between High-A Visalia and Double-A Mobile. His plate discipline was excellent at both stops as he carried a combined 72:76 BB:K between the two levels. While he's a bit undersized at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, Eaton has moderate pop and showed good speed with 34 steals before an 8-for-11 mark on the basepaths in the Arizona Fall League. At 23, Eaton may spend most of his 2012 with Triple-A Reno, but he's rapidly closing in on an opportunity to work as a fourth outfielder in the big leagues.
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Bound for open market
OFWashington Nationals
Finger
October 28, 2020
The Nationals declined Eaton's (finger) $10.5 million team option for 2021 on Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
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Placed on injured list
OFWashington Nationals
Finger
September 17, 2020
Eaton was placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured left index finger Thursday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
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Exits with bruised finger
OFWashington Nationals
Finger
September 16, 2020
Eaton left Wednesday's game against the Rays with a bruised finger, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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On base three times in loss
OFWashington Nationals
September 14, 2020
Eaton went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base in Sunday's loss to Atlanta.
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Rejoins lineup Sunday
OFWashington Nationals
September 13, 2020
Eaton (back) is starting in right field and batting leadoff Sunday against the Braves.
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