ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Former Miami outfielder Adam Eaton has added to the list of accolades for his young career, earning Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year honors, the league announced today.
This marks the second straight season -- and second time in franchise history -- that the team's centerfielder and lead-off hitter has earned the award. Collin Cowgill, who has played in 68 games for the Oakland Athletics this season, took the honor in 2011.
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 Springfield, 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. He earned three letters for the RedHawks from 2008-10.