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Diamondbacks Call Up Adam Eaton

Mar 1, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Adam Eaton (73) during photo day at Salt River Fields.  Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 1, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Adam Eaton (73) during photo day at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

The Arizona Diamondbacks will call up prospect Adam Eaton to the big leagues today and will throw him straight into the action, D'Backs manager Kirk Gibson tells the Arizona-based Burns & Gambo of Arizona Sports 620 (via Kyndra de St. Aubin of Arizona Sports 620).

Eaton is little talked about because his upside and talent fails in comparison to the pitching-heavy farm system the D'Backs boast. Entering the season, Kevin Goldstein (formerly) of Baseball Prospectus ranked him as the 11th best prospect in Arizona's system while noting his ability to hit.

That is certainly one thing the 5-foot-8 outfielder can do. Selected in the 19th round, Eaton's come a far away and will now be able to prove if he can be a contributor at the big league level. The 23-year-old spent most of the season in Class Triple-A Reno, where he batted .381/.456/.539 in 562 plate appearances this season. He walked 53 times to only 68 strikeouts and also swiped 38 bags.