For Cameron Eden, this past season was defined by change. His position changed. His role changed. Now, Eden will be changing scenery, having been selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2019 MLB draft.
Eden earned an All-Pac-12 honorable mention as a junior, slashing .370/.442/.560 (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) and totaling eight home runs and 20 steals, all of which are career highs.
One of the more impressive aspects of Eden’s final year as a Bear was his adaptability.
Eden had been Cal’s starting shortstop as a freshman and sophomore and began the season at that position. Seven games into the season, however, Eden converted to an outfielder, beginning in left field and moving to center field after an injury sidelined Brandon McIlwain.
Eden’s transition to the outfield allowed Sam Wezniak to move to shortstop from third base, which in turn allowed Quentin Selma to become the team’s everyday third baseman.
In addition to changing positions, Eden once again became the team’s leadoff hitter. Eden hit first numerous times as a freshman, but he often hit low in the lineup as a sophomore because it was a down year.
The center fielder began this season in the middle of the order but became the team’s leadoff man once again with some hot hitting. Eden’s transition to hitting first paid dividends, as he scored a team-high and career-high 53 runs.