ROUND ROCK, Texas– Just days removed from earning Pacific Coast League Rookie-of-the-Year honors, Reno Aces outfielder Adam Eaton has been named PCL Most Valuable Player, the league office announced today.
Eaton becomes the second Arizona Diamondbacks Minor Leaguer to earn the Coast League's MVP award, and the first since Andy Green won it in 2005 with the Tucson Sidewinders. This marks just the second time a player has won both the PCL Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in the same season. Salt Lake's Robb Quinlan accomplished the feat in 2002.
The PCL's MVP is voted upon by the league's managers and media corps.
Eaton's name now joins an exclusive club of PCL MVPs, including Paul Konerko (1997), Tim Salmon (1992), Tino Martinez (1991), Sandy Alomar, Jr. (1988-89) and Joe DiMaggio (1935).
Despite spending the first-two weeks of the season with Double-A Mobile and a recent stint on the Disabled List, Eaton enters play today as the Coast League's leader in batting average (.379), hits (181), stolen bases (tied, 37), doubles (44), on-base percentage (.452), runs scored (117) and extra-base hits (256).
Including his two-week stay at Double-A Mobile to start the season, Eaton is the overall Minor League leader in hits (193), runs (128), batting average (.373) and on-base percentage (.452).