Adam Eaton (centerfield)
Aug 30, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton (1) makes a leaping catch against the Detroit Tigers during the fourth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Was there any other choice? Eaton received the most votes by the staff of Southside Showdown, but Abreu also received some love as well.
As I said all season, Eaton was just super fun to watch. At the plate, he finished with a .300 batting average, going 3-for-3 on the final day of the regular season, and do we even need to discuss just how exciting he was playing centerfield?
Of course we do.
Though his style of play caused him a couple stints on the disabled list in ’14, he made many high-flying, leaping and incredible catches at the wall in ’14, his first season with the White Sox.
In fact, Eaton was just absolutely incredible to watch with his no-fear style of play. Even though he would make you worry about his health, the 5-8, 185-pound Eaton gave the White Sox the spark they desperately needed for the ’14 season, whether it be at the plate or at centerfield.
He also had 28 doubles, 10 triples and even flexed his muscle with one home run. He is the first real “lead-off” hitter I can recall that can make that type of impact since Scott Podsednik was on the roster.
What is most exciting about Eaton was this was basically his first full season in the majors, and if he can stay healthy, he can only improve even more as his career progresses.