Eaton was voted the PCL's MVP - the 76th in league history - after a balloting of the 16 field managers as well as media representatives from across the league.
Eaton, 23, has played in 116 games with Reno this season, and leads the league in batting average (.379), on-base percentage (.452), runs scored (117), hits (181), doubles (44), stolen bases (37), and total bases (256). In addition to his contributions at the plate and in center field, the Aces' leadoff hitter has stayed remarkably consistent through the season, as he never hit below .351 in a month and has helped Reno hold first place in the Pacific Northern division since late May.
Selected by Arizona in the 19th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Eaton has found success at every level he has played in. Promoted to Triple-A after just 11 games in the Southern League at the start of this season, he was selected as the PCL's starting center fielder for the Mid-Season All-Star game, going 1-3 with a leadoff hit and a run scored in the 3-0 win over the International League. On Monday, Eaton was named as an outfielder on the league's Post-Season All-Star team, and on Tuesday he was named the PCL Rookie of the Year.
Ely was among five other players who received voted in the MVP balloting. He is currently leading the league in ERA (3.20), strikeouts (165), and wins (14) in 27 starts as he attempts to be the first pitcher to win the Pacific Coast League Triple Crown since Donne Wall of the Tucson Toros in 1995, and just the second since 1942. Opposing batters have hit just .238 while Ely is on the mound, and he has only given up 36 walks on the entire season. Ely also leads the leagues in innings-pitched (168.2) and WHIP (1.10).