Adam Eaton
Adam Eaton
30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Washington Nationals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Eaton had a quality year at the plate in 2018, hitting .300 for the first time since 2014 and just missing the .400 mark for his OBP. However, injuries took their toll for the second year in a row, and he was limited to just 95 games. A healthy Eaton figures to find himself hitting high in the Nationals’ order frequently in 2019. However, he notably struggles against left-handers, and the team will have four outfielders capable of playing at least semi-regularly even if Bryce Harper doesn’t return, including an ideal platoon partner in Michael Taylor. Even if he is healthy, Eaton will have a tough time approaching the 619 at-bats he racked up in his last full season in 2016, and his speed will likely continue to trend downward now that he's on the wrong side of 30. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $23.5 million contract with the White Sox in March of 2015. Traded to the Nationals in December of 2016. Contract includes $9.5 million team option ($1.5 million buyout) for 2020 and $10.5 million team option ($1.5 million buyout) for 2021.
Steals base in win
OFWashington Nationals
September 29, 2019
Eaton went 0-for-1 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base in the Nationals' 8-2 win over the Indians on Sunday.
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Eaton stepped up to the plate twice before being subbed out by Andrew Stevenson after the third inning. The veteran outfielder finished the regular season slashing .279/.365/.428 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI across 656 plate appearances. Eaton finally logged a full season with the team without getting hurt and is now ready to help guide the Nationals to a deep run in the playoffs starting Tuesday in the Wild Card Game against the Brewers.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
34
80
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
21
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+53%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+50%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .721 221 33 2 15 4 .268 .335 .387
Since 2017vs Right .822 912 149 20 81 23 .293 .387 .435
2019vs Left .787 157 27 2 10 4 .290 .359 .428
2019vs Right .794 499 76 13 40 11 .276 .366 .428
2018vs Left .552 51 4 0 3 0 .222 .286 .267
2018vs Right .845 319 51 5 30 9 .314 .411 .434
2017vs Left .594 13 2 0 2 0 .182 .231 .364
2017vs Right .890 94 22 2 11 3 .313 .415 .475
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+14%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+36%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .813 512 85 10 39 11 .292 .386 .427
Since 2017Away .793 621 97 12 56 16 .284 .370 .424
2019Home .821 304 50 8 23 6 .281 .383 .438
2019Away .768 352 53 7 26 9 .277 .349 .419
2018Home .746 164 26 1 11 4 .292 .378 .368
2018Away .853 206 29 4 22 5 .309 .407 .446
2017Home 1.011 44 9 1 5 1 .368 .432 .579
2017Away .742 63 15 1 8 2 .245 .365 .377
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Stat Review
How does Adam Eaton compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.61
 
BB Rate
9.9%
 
K Rate
16.2%
 
BABIP
.319
 
ISO
.148
 
AVG
.279
 
OBP
.365
 
SLG
.428
 
OPS
.792
 
wOBA
.352
 
Exit Velocity
88.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.1%
 
Barrels/PA
2.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Eaton only played in 23 games for the Nationals last season before tearing his ACL during a game against the Mets in late April. The 29-year-old had been traded from Chicago to Washington in the offseason and was playing well as the starting center fielder for his new club, slashing .297/.393/.462 with a pair of home runs and 13 RBI. Although Michael A. Taylor burst onto the scene in his absence, Eaton should be back in a starting role in the outfield (either in center field or left) and near the top of the order, assuming he makes it back to full health by the time spring training rolls around. Prior to last season, Eaton had hit at least 14 homers and stolen at least 14 bases in back-to-back seasons, and his near-elite on-base skills have held steady throughout his young career.
Baseball players are known for their statistical volatility in the early years of their career, and Eaton was no exception. After three seasons in the league, he had six homers to his name and a 48-point variance in his batting average. Over the past two seasons, Eaton's production has been incredibly stable in just about every category. He became the perfect tablesetter for the Chicago lineup, getting on base 36 percent of the time in each of the past three seasons while running the bases very well. All of his power comes from the right side (13 of his 14 homers came against righties), but he is split-neutral in terms of batting average. While Eaton hits too many groundballs to see his power numbers grow substantially, there is upside in the runs scored and stolen base categories following his trade to Dusty Baker's Nationals in December.
Eaton avoided the disabled list in 2015 for the first time in his brief MLB career. He struggled a bit in the first half of the season, posting a .692 OPS through the season’s first 81 games, but turned a corner after the All-Star break, posting a .418 OBP and finishing the season with 14 home runs (after hitting one the year before). He now has two consecutive seasons with an OPS+ of at least 120, and could score 100 runs even if his power dips. Eaton will hit leadoff for the White Sox again in 2016 while playing center field, and should be a sneaky four-category contributor once again.
Eaton was exactly the leadoff hitter the White Sox wanted when they acquired him as part of a three-way trade in December of 2013. He only had 15 steals, but his 10 triples led the American League and he set the table well for players like Jose Abreu behind him. Eaton plays with a bit too much energy at times, and both of his stints on the disabled list in 2014 were related to overexertion. He appears to be fully healthy heading into 2015, and should sit atop the order once again. With a slew of offseason improvements to the White Sox's lineup -- including the addition of Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche -- Eaton's counting stats could significantly improve this season if he can avoid the disabled list.
Eaton was slated to be the Diamondbacks' starting center fielder out of spring training, but he suffered an elbow injury that limited him to just 66 games last year. Even more disappointing for his fantasy owners was his lack of speed, often called his best attribute, as he stole just five bases in seven attempts. He struggled to find his groove, posting a lackluster .314 OBP. Presumably healthy, Eaton was traded to the White Sox as part of a three-team deal in December. He should get another chance to fill the leadoff role out of the gates for his new club in 2014, but he never had surgery to repair the tear in his UCL, which provides lingering concern about his ability to stay healthy.
Eaton has ascended the organizational depth chart in Arizona with very moderate recognition, hitting .300 and getting on base at a .400 clip at every minor league stop. After hitting .380/.455/.539 at Triple-A Reno, Eaton was given a taste of the big leagues in September while taking on the bulk of the playing time in center field for the D-Backs. Throughout his time in the minors, Eaton has proven capable of handling left-handed pitching, and his primary asset for fantasy owners beyond average and runs scored will likely be stolen bases after he went 44-for-55 prior to his promotion last season. Barring a trade of one of the D-Backs' other outfielders, Eaton may be limited to a part-time role if he breaks camp with the big club.
Eaton's full-season debut was impressive as he split his time between High-A Visalia and Double-A Mobile. His plate discipline was excellent at both stops as he carried a combined 72:76 BB:K between the two levels. While he's a bit undersized at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, Eaton has moderate pop and showed good speed with 34 steals before an 8-for-11 mark on the basepaths in the Arizona Fall League. At 23, Eaton may spend most of his 2012 with Triple-A Reno, but he's rapidly closing in on an opportunity to work as a fourth outfielder in the big leagues.
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Day off Thursday
OFWashington Nationals
September 26, 2019
Eaton is not in Thursday's lineup against the Phillies.
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Knocks 15th homer
OFWashington Nationals
September 23, 2019
Eaton went 3-for-4 with a solo homer, two runs scored and a walk during Monday's 7-2 win over the Phillies.
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Collects 14th steal
OFWashington Nationals
September 18, 2019
Eaton went 1-for-5 with a stolen base Tuesday in the Nationals' 6-2 win over the Cardinals.
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Back in lineup
OFWashington Nationals
September 7, 2019
Eaton is back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Braves, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Still out Friday
OFWashington Nationals
Knee
September 6, 2019
Eaton (knee) is not in Friday's lineup against the Braves.
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