GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox leadoff man Adam Eaton and outfielder Alejandro De Aza have spent time working with special instructor Bryan Little on their bunting skills in the hitting cages during the early stages of camp. It's a skill Eaton plans to focus on throughout the season.
"Another part of my game that you have to work on, and I think any small guy has to," said Eaton, who is listed at 5-foot-8 and 185 pounds. "It's all the same message: Get it down in a place where no one else can get it; different techniques and different styles, and how to go about it. As long as you have production, you are all right."
De Aza finished with seven bunt hits to tie for eighth in the Majors last season. Eaton, in 250 at-bats with the D-backs, produced four bunt singles.
Eaton added that he bunts until he feels good with it in the cages, knowing it's part of doing whatever possible to get on base at the top of the order.
"Definitely. Bunt, hit by a pitch, anyway possible," Eaton said. "If they are going to give it to you, you have to take it. That's something you have to lean on and continue to work on."
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