For the second-straight season, Reno’s centerfielder and lead-off hitter has earned Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year honors, as the Aces’ Adam Eaton was named the league’s top newcomer today by the league office.
A year after Collin Cowgill became the first player in club history to earn an end-of-season PCL honor in 2011, today Eaton was recognized as the league’s premier rookie.
Eaton began the season at Double-A Mobile, but quickly earned a promotion to Triple-A Reno in April, where’s been one of the most productive offensive players in all of Minor League Baseball. Entering play today, Eaton leads the PCL 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).
Eaton started for the PCL squad in the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game and on Monday was one-of-three Aces named to the 2012 All-PCL squad.
The 5-8, 184-pound Ohio native is playing in just his third season of professional baseball since being selected by Arizona in the 19th round of the 2010 draft out of Miami University.
Eaton and the first-place Aces return to Downtown Reno for the final homestand of the 2012 regular season on Friday night. Tickets are on-sale now at RenoAces.com, by calling (775) 334-7000 or by visiting the Aces Ballpark Ticket Office.