Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 11/8/14
One of the ways Adam Eaton has endeared himself to the Diamondbacks: After hitting a hard single one day, Eaton took a wide turn around first base, inviting the outfielder to throw behind him. Eaton took a stutter step, but instead of retreating to first, he took off for second. He made it easily. It was the kind of thing you might expect from a guy whose twitter handle includes the nickname "spanky." "He plays with his hair on fire, which you love," Class AAA Reno manager Brett Butler said last month. It takes one to know one, they say. The games of Eaton and his manager Butler, who spent 17 years in the major leagues, have been compared favorably as Eaton has worked his way up the D-backs system. Eaton, 5-foot-8, combines a leadoff mans skill set with an extra shot of adrenaline, and he has emerged as a prototype leadoff hitter who can hit his way on base and run his way to the next one ... or two. He is a natural center fielder with an arm that is strong enough for right fiel...
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