Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 7/12/13
Adam Eaton came off the disabled list on Tuesday, which is good news for the surprising Arizona Diamondbacks. It is also apropos. The two are a perfect fit. Few expected the D-Backs to be leading the National League West in mid-July, and the 5-foot-8 outfielder is a classic overachiever. Drafted in the 19th round out of Miami (Ohio) University three years ago, the 24-year-old logged an OBP north of .450 in three minor league seasons. After making an impressive big-league cameo last year, Eaton came into the current campaign looking to be Arizona’s leadoff hitter. A spring training elbow injury delayed that opportunity until this week. —— David Laurila: Why did you play your college baseball at Miami of Ohio? Adam Eaton: First, I wasn’t drafted out of high school. Miami is close to home — I’m from Springfield, Ohio — and it’s also one of those places I fell in love with right away. I loved the coaching staff and the whole aura. The school has been around for over 200 years and it’s just
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