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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%: 46/23 | Average Draft Position: 220.01
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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. 


Adam Eaton likely to return Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) With Jordan Danks heading back down to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday, the White Sox are likely to reinstate outfielder Adam Eaton from the 15-day disabled list prior to Tuesday's game against Cleveland, per MLB.com.

Eaton has been sidelined since Aug. 8 with a strained right oblique. He is 3 for 10 in two games at Charlotte on his rehab.

Adam Eaton picks up two hits in rehab game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton picked up two hits in his rehab debut.

Eaton played center and was the lead off hitter for the team's Triple-A club in Charlotte. He knocked two hits, including a double during the start. Eaton also scored a run. He's been sidelined since August 8 with an oblique injury. 


Adam Eaton begins rehab assignment Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton is set to start a rehab stint Saturday night with Triple-A Charlotte. He could be back in the lineup on the team's homestand next week.

Eaton has been sidelined with a right oblique injury sustained when he crashed into the fence trying in vain to catch a ball on Aug. 8.

He is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, but will spent more time with Charlotte to prepare for his return.


Adam Eaton could return shortly after beginning assignment


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton is set to begin a minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte this weekend, and could be back in the majors soon after, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Eaton, who has been out two weeks with a strained right oblique, could be back from the disabled list as early as Tuesday, when the team opens a series against the Indians. 


Adam Eaton to begin rehab assignment soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton will begin a rehab assignment soon, according to the Chicago Sun-Times

Eaton will only need a few rehab games before he's ready to return. If all goes well, he could re-join the club Tuesday. Eaton is hitting .304/.370/.401 over 372 at-bats.


Adam Eaton on schedule to return from disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton is on schedule to return from the disabled list when eligible, according to MLB.com.

Eaton was able to throw and take dry swings left-handed. Eaton has been out since August 8 with an oblique injury. He's hitting .304/.370/.401 over 372 at-bats. 


Does Avisail Garcia have value this season?


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014)
Can Avisail Garcia live up to the hype? (USATSI)
Can Avisail Garcia live up to the hype? (USATSI)

White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is back. After suffering a brutal shoulder injury April 9, there was a good chance Garcia would miss the rest of the season. That's no longer the case. Garcia worked his way back, and has dominated during a rehab assignment, hitting .340 over 13 games. Garcia entered the year as a late-round, high-upside player, so his activation should intrigue Fantasy owners. Will Garcia produce enough to help teams down the stretch?

The answer partially depends on how you evaluated Garcia entering the season. Scouts have been mixed. Garcia hasn't shown the best command of the strike zone while coming up as a prospect, but has tremendous physical skills. He frequently drew comparisions to Miguel Cabrera due to his body type. The White Sox obviously think highly of Garcia. The club not only dealt for him last season, but plugged him into the middle of the order immediately. 

On a performance-basis, it's tough to know what to expect. Garcia performed admirably in 2013, and got off to a promising start in 2014. Unfortunately, his 2014 performance consists of 34 plate appearances. 

The White Sox aren't expecting a dropoff. In his first game off the disabled list, Garcia will hit behind Jose Abreu. That's a desirable job for nearly any hitter in the majors. He'll also hit behind Adam Eaton, who quietly has a .370 on-base percentage. That should give Garcia some nice RBI opportunities, at least when Abreu doesn't go deep. 

Even in a best case scenario, it's tough to recommend Garcia as anything more than a reserve in mixed leagues. Outfield is deep, and there are other players on the waiver wire with better numbers than Garcia. While there's upside with Garcia, no one knows how good he can be at this point in his career. Given the choice between picking up an unknown in Garcia or a guy like Christian Yelich, a safe owner would choose Yelich almost every time. 

Garcia's outlook hasn't really changed since the beginning of the season. If you liked him then, you should like him now. But given the depth in the outfield, it's tough to say owners should spring to pick him up on the waiver wire. In three outfielder leagues, he can stay out there. In anything deeper, he's definitely worth an add. 


Is that stashed superstar really worth the wait?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/12/2014) So you're at the point, with the season winding down, where you have to win at all costs. Seems straightforward enough. The only problem is your bench is overflowing with players you can't actually use -- ones that are injured but too valuable to drop, like Brett Lawrie, Brandon Phillips, Adam Eaton, Michael Wacha, Paul Goldschmidt, Yadier Molina, Ryan Zimmerman, Joey Votto, Carlos Gonzalez or Masahiro Tanaka.

Or maybe your albatross isn't injured but just doesn't inspire much confidence right now, like Pedro Alvarez, Justin Verlander or Mike Minor.

I've got news for you: This late in the year, when winning is paramount, you can consider dropping them. Granted, it shouldn't be the goal because the competition can only benefit from whatever you forfeit, but sometimes, it's your only choice.

I break it down player-by-player in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, so if you could a little assistance with that season-shifting dilemma, be sure to check out.


White Sox place Adam Eaton on DL, bring up Jordan Danks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) The White Sox have placed leadoff hitter Adam Eaton on the disabled list with a right oblique strain and promoted fellow outfielder Jordan Danks from Triple-A Charlotte to take his place.

Eaton was removed from his last two games with the issue. He had been on fire before the injury set in with 39 hits in a 21-game stretch that sent his average soaring from .265 to .309.


Adam Eaton exits game Friday with sore ribcage


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton was removed from Friday's game with a sore ribcage, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Eaton was returning to the lineup Friday after dealing with a back injury over the last few days, but he managed to take just one at-bat before coming out of the game with a new injury. He has hit .304/.370/.401 with one home run, 32 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 372 at-bats.


Adam Eaton returns to lineup Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton is back in the starting lineup Friday.

Eaton came out of Wednesday's game with a back injury after colliding with the outfield wall. He is also dealing with a broken right middle finger.