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Height/Weight: 5-8/185 | Birthdate: 12/6/1988 | Birthplace: Springfield, OH | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $491,000 | Owned/Started%: 34/21 | Average Draft Position: 219.98
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White Sox's Adam Eaton smacks first homer Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton went 1 for 4 with his first home run of the season in his team's 4-3 loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

Eaton was able to put the first run of the game on the board with his solo blast in the third inning, but the Indians scored a total of four runs in the sixth and seventh before going on to get the win. He has hit .234/.286/.343 with 19 runs scored in 137 at-bats.


White Sox's Adam Eaton picking things up in May


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton finished April with a .497 OPS, but he's shot out to a .294/.357/.431 line in 51 May at-bats.

Eaton is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak that includes three multihit performances and was started with a 4-for-5 outburst on May 11. He's also managed a pair of doubles and one triple in his last four games.

"When he's going good, we're a better team,'' manager Robin Ventura said, per MLB.com. "Any team that has a leadoff guy that's getting on, creating havoc when he gets on and becomes a tough out, you're a much better lineup because it's right before your best hitters come up. He can create a lot of uncomfortable situations for people by getting on and running around the bases.''

Eaton went 1 for 4 on Monday against the Indians and is set for six more games at home over the remainder of the week.


White Sox CF Adam Eaton collects four hits in loss on Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton went 4 for 5 at the plate in Chicago's 10-7 loss to the Brewers on Monday. Eaton, who also doubled in the fifth inning, came up with the game-tying RBI single in the eighth. With Chicago down 7-6 and a man on second, Eaton battled with pitcher Jonathan Broxton through a 8-pitch at-bat before he connected for a single to right field to tie the game.

Eaton boosted his average to .236 with two RBI in 102 at-bats this season.


Adam Eaton, Conor Gillaspie not in White Sox lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Center fielder Adam Eaton and third baseman Conor Gillaspie were both out of the White Sox lineup for Sunday's game. 

Eaton will be replaced by J.B. Shuck, who starts for just the fourth time this season. He'll bat ninth. 

Replacing Eaton at leadoff is second baseman Emilio Bonifacio, who leads off for the first time this year. 

Conor Gillaspie will be replaced at third by Gordon Beckham for the second straight game. 


White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton believes offense will turn around


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton is confident the team is going to get out of their current funk at the plate, according to MLB.com.

Eaton, who came into Tuesday's game hitting just .192 on the year, is part of an offense ranking last in runs scored, runs per game, home runs and stolen bases.

"I do truly believe that," said Eaton. "I don't believe that it's going to stay there for very long. Baseball is a funny, funny game. Sometimes things are unexplainable. We are hoping it comes around sooner than later.

"At the end of the day, it's about getting them to be who they are as the hitting guy," hitting coach Todd Steverson said. "You have to fix up a few things and doctor up a few things here and there. But at the end of the day, it's making sure they are still confident in themselves to execute what everybody wants to see."


White Sox's Adam Eaton, Adam LaRoche return to the lineup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton and first baseman Adam LaRoche are back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Tigers. Eaton missed three straight days with an illness. LaRoche left Sunday's game with an illness as well.

Eaton was replaced by J.B. Shuck for the last three days. Eaton was dealing with a 103 temperature for the last three days and lost 10 pounds because of the illness. He is hitting .192 with three doubles in 78 at-bats this season.

Laroche is hitting .211 with three home runs and nine RBI in 76 at-bats.

The White Sox are currently the favorites (-115) against Detroit Tuesday.


Adam Eaton misses third straight for White Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton is out of the starting lineup for the third straight game on Sunday. 

Eaton is battling an illness. For the third straight day, he'll be replaced by J.B. Shuck

Shuck will bat leadoff. 


White Sox OF Adam Eaton takes a seat again Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton remained out of the starting lineup for the second straight day on Saturday against the Twins due to an illness, per the team's official website. J.B. Shuck will take over the leadoff spot and center field in Eaton's absence.

Eaton is hitting .192 (15 for 78) with three doubles, a triple and five walks.


White Sox OF J.B. Shuck starting, OF Adam Eaton (illness) out


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) White Sox outfielder J.B. Shuck will start for the second time this season in Friday night's game against the Twins. Shuck is replacing Adam Eaton, who has come down with an illness, in the lineup. 

Shuck is penciled in to bat ninth in the lineup. This season, Shuck is totaled three hits on 10 at-bats. 

On Thursday, second baseman Micah Johnson batted last. On Friday, Johnson will move up to leadoff in the lineup. 


White Sox CF Adam Eaton off to sluggish start in 2015


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) Fresh off a $23 million contract extension, White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton has struggled mightedly through the first month of the season. Eaton, who is now signed through at least 2019, is slashing a paltry .192/.241/.256 with only one stolen base on the year. As the South Siders' leadoff man, he's struck out 14 times and just five walks.

“I take it very personal when the offense isn’t really up and going like it should be,” Eaton said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s because I put a lot on myself because I’m the guy that’s at the beginning of the order that should get things going right now and I haven’t done that so far. I haven’t done much of anything so far. It kind of heats me up a little bit. With that being said, every day is an opportunity and I have to look at it that way and it’s the only way you can look at it.’’

He has also committed two errors in centerfield, including one on Thursday, after making a total of four in 2014. 


Adam Eaton triples in two-hit game for White Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Adam Eaton tripled to cap a two-hit game in the White Sox's 3-2 walk-off win over Kansas City. The game was a continuation of Friday's contest, which was suspended due to rain. Eaton went 2 for 5 with a run scored, lifting his average to .214. The triple was his second of the year. 

Five ejected from White Sox-Royals Thursday after brawl


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) A comebacker by White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton to Royals starter Yordano Ventura for the final out in the seventh inning ignited a benches-clearing brawl in Thursday's game between the two teams, resulting in five players getting ejected.

Ventura could be seen mouthing an expletive to Eaton, taking apparent umbridge with the comebacker or something that Eaton may have said on his way to first base. After the ruckus was finally settled, the umpires ejected Ventura along with outfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Edinson Volquez. White Sox starter Chris Sale and teammate Jeff Samardzija were also hit with ejections, ending the night of both starting pitchers in one fell swoop.

Ventura, who was ejected for the second time this season and is likely facing a lengthy suspension, finished the night with two earned runs on five hits and one walk in seven innings along with eight strikeouts.

Sale threw 70 of his 99 pitches for strikes but managed to rack up just two strikeouts before being ejected. He also allowed two earned runs on nine hits and one walk in seven innings of work.

Play resumed in the top of the eighth inning with the two teams tied 2-2.


White Sox OF Eaton takes bite out of Indians in Wednesday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) It has taken some time and it's not certain, but just perhaps White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton is out of the doldrums at the plate.

He provided more evidence Wednesday with two hits and two runs against Cleveland. He singled and scored in both the third and seventh innings to raise his batting average to .196, its peak after the opener.

Eaton is on a season-high three-game hitting streak and is 5-for-12 during that time.


White Sox OF Eaton admits he's pressing to justify contract


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton has admitted that the $24 million contract he signed during the offseason has played a role in his poor performance at the plate so far.

"I tried to do too much," he told MLB.com.

Eaton, who singled to help his team rally to victory in the ninth inning Monday night against Cleveland, has been hitless is seven of 12 games to start the year. He owns a slash line of .149/.216/.191.

"He's an aggressive player, so that's a part of his personality and you have to be able to slow the game down enough just to play it instead of worrying about a contract or anything like that," manager Robin Ventura said. "The trust is there that he is a good player and he will play well and do those things. When it happens his first time, sometimes it can be difficult to go through, to have expectations like he has. You have to be able to learn how to just put that aside and play the game like you've been playing it all along."


Adam Eaton blows bunt, blows off steam after White Sox loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton is swinging the bat poorly to start the season, but he at least figured he could lay down a critical sacrifice bunt in the ninth inning Wednesday in Cleveland.

No dice. He struck out by fouling one off with runners on first and second and nobody out. The Sox stranded both in a 4-2 defeat.

"Its one of my frickin' strenghts," an angry Eaton told ESPN. "When [manager Robin Ventura] has confidence in me and I don't frickin' deliver, it's shame on me. I'm comfortable in that situation and I appreciate the confidence that he's instilled in me, and for me to not repay the confidence is crap, and I need to be better."

Eaton needs to be better all the way around at the plate. He has just four hits in 34 at-bats this season after going hitless against the Indians.


Pitchers going right at White Sox's slumping Adam Eaton


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton is mired in a slump to start the season, and opposing pitchers are taking advantage. 

Eaton is two for his first 25, for an average of .080. 

According to analysis by SB Nation, opposing pitchers have thrown first-pitch strikes to Eaton on his last 12 at bats and 81 percent of the time in all plate appearances this season. 

That's 20 percent higher than Eaton's career first-pitch-strike percentage, and it's put Eaton on the defensive in most of his at bats. 

In his last 12 plate appearances, pitchers threw him 33 strikes in 36 pitches. 


White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton hopes to outperform his contract


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton is fresh off signing a new five-year, $23.5 million deal, but wants to play better than that this year, reports MLB.com.

"I want to be better than my contract. I really do," said the 26-year-old, who hit .300 with a .362 on-base percentage in 2014, to go with 10 triples and 15 stolen bases. "That's something I worked on as soon as I signed it."

Eaton wants to be somebody Chicago can rely on down the stretch.

"But I would like to be thought of as some guy that can get on base and help the team win and score runs. That's my job," Eaton said. "That's what I want to do. For us to be successful day in and day out, I need to do that consistently. With that being said, we need a very good, consistent team, one through nine."


White Sox set Opening Day lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The White Sox posted their Opening Day lineup for Monday against the Royals. 

The Sox will start: Adam Eaton CF, Melky Cabrera LF, Jose Abreu 1B, Adam LaRoche DH, Leury Garcia RF, Conor Gillaspie 3B, Alexei Ramirez SS. Tyler Flowers C, Micah Johnson 2B. Jeff Samardzija will be the starting pitcher.


White Sox, CF Adam Eaton agree on 5-year, $23.5 million deal


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/20/2015) The White Sox reached agreement with outfielder Adam Eaton on a five-year, $23.5 million extension Friday, locking the center fielder up potentially through 2021, per the Chicago Sun-Times

The deal will pay the 26-year-old $850,000 this season but escalates to $8.4 million in 2019. The White Sox hold options for both 2020 and 2021. Eaton hit .300 with 15 stolen bases last season. 

"We have a kid here who we think is going to be an essential part of our success over the next couple of years and is a rare piece in this game, a top of the order player who plays in the middle of the diamond, plays a premium position and brings you plus offense and the ability to get on base and run," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said.


White Sox expecting Adam LaRoche, Adam Eaton back Friday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) White Sox manager Robin Ventura is giving some of his players the day off to rest. With Adam Eaton dealing with an illness and Adam LaRoches sporting an ice back on his back Wednesday, Ventura wants to make sure his veterans are in a good place for Opening Day, reports CSN Chicago.

"Guys have been going hard, and everybody looks forward to it too," Ventura said. "You sit there and play all these games in a row, and it’s a time for a shift of focus, too. It’s a time for our guys to clear their minds and come back ready to go."

Ventura is expecting both to be back in the lineup Friday.


White Sox OF Adam Eaton (illness) scratched Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton has been scratched from Tuesday's spring lineup due to illness, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The team inserted J.B. Shuck into the lineup in place of Eaton, who is likely day to day. Eaton is 6 for 19 with two doubles, three walks and two stolen bases in seven spring games.


White Sox's Cabrera, Eaton learning each other's tendencies


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) White Sox outfielders Melky Cabrera and Adam Eaton are learning each other's tendencies, according to MLB.com.

The two players are expected to be at the top of the order once the regular season begins, and it's important that they can work together. "It's a process," Cabrera said. "We have to learn each other and how we can be successful together."

Both players sat down and discussed strategy recently, explained what they like to do in different situations. Eaton is expected to swipe a lot of bases, so it's important to him that Cabrera knows what situations he likes. On the flip side, there may be situations where Cabrera would prefer Eaton not run. 

Eaton seemed to be satisfied after talking to his new teammate. "This relationship is only going to build," Eaton said. "Like I said, we took leaps and bounds just on Day One. Hopefully, we'll continue to work on that. I think it's going to be very important to the offense."


White Sox's Eaton excited to be working with Vince Coleman


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton is expected to benefit from the tutoring of baserunning instructor Vince Coleman. 

“I briefly spoke to him (Sunday), and he came off a little aggressive,” Eaton said, per ESPN. “I was like, 'Daggone, this guy is going to be on it.' And then I came back (Monday) and we went out on the basepaths a little bit, and he pumped me up. He really did.” 

While Eaton has speed, he totaled just 15 stolen bases and was caught stealing nine times in 2014. Leg injuries played a part in Eaton's poor stolen-base percentage, but he also appeared to be timid at times. 

Working with Coleman is expected to make Eaton more effective on the basepaths.

“You want to talk about knowledge and the understanding of stealing a base in baseball, his knack for being aggressive on the basepaths,” Eaton said. “You know me, I’m always thrilled and ready to play tomorrow, but he really got me in the mood. 

“I want to steal bags. Get some pitchers out here. I want to do it now. I’m very, very, very thrilled to be able to work with him. I’m very blessed. I’m excited to pick his brain and learn everything I can from him.” 


Adam Eaton out due to personal matter


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/22/2014) CSNChicago.com reports that Adam Eaton has been away from the White Sox, as he has been dealing with a family matter. Eaton was away for Sunday's game at the Rays, and he is also out of the starting lineup for Monday's series opener at the Tigers. Moises Sierra is starting in center field in Eaton's absence.

It is not yet known when Eaton will return to the team.


Adam Eaton brought back from DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton was reinstated from the disabled list Tuesday, after finishing his recovery from a strained oblique.

Eaton, who has been out since Aug. 9, went 3 for 10 on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte, and should return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Indians.