PHOENIX -- Adam Eatons season was cut short because of a broken right hand, but it lasted long enough to encourage the Diamondbacks. It is not a stretch to think Eaton played well enough to force the D-backs into an offseason trade to thin the currently overloaded outfield corps and potentially contend for the starting spot in center field in 2013.
Id say, overall, a huge success in the time he was up here and encouraging what his future is, what he could do for us, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said in evaluating Eatons 26 days in the major leagues after his promotion from Class AAA Reno on Sept. 4.
Eaton, 23, has the skill set of a prototypical leadoff man. He sees pitches. He gets on base. He runs well. The D-backs have not had that hitter in the recent past, and the style of game he plays gives the team another way to score rather than only with home runs. The D-backs were 63-39 when they homered, 17-39 when they did not entering Sundays game.
Eaton ended the season hitting .25...