1. Adam Eaton in 2007
“I threw a couple of pitches down the middle that he normally would’ve hit out.” -Adam Thomas Eaton.
Well, you all guessed it. Number one on the Decade’s Worst Individual Pitching Performances is the one and only Adam Eaton.
Forever remembered around the baseball world as the player who cut himself opening a DVD, Eaton was originally drafted by the Phillies in the first round of the 1996 draft and later traded for Andy Ashby. In the 2006-2007 off season, Pat Gillick signed the free agent to 3 year $24.5 million deal.
In 2007, Eaton was 10-10 with a 6.29 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 161.2 innings. He gave up 192 hits, including 30 home runs. Batters hit .302 against him.
At Citizen’s Bank Park his ERA approached 7. In the month of July, his ERA was 11.93.
He didn’t have much of any other pitch to accompany his fastball, which he failed to locate many times. Eaton had a 6.10 ERA and 1.64 WHIP during his two year tenure with the Phillies.
Ruben Amaro Jr. declared Eaton had no shot at making the 2009 rotation and was eventually released. The Baltimore Orioles picked him up. Due to the Orioles lack of pitching depth, Eaton will likely have a spot in their rotation.