PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Former Miami RedHawk <a href="http://www.muredhawks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26100&ATCLID=205679652">Adam Eaton</a> will make his major league debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight, hours after being called up from their Triple-A affiliate, the Reno Aces. The Springfield, Ohio, native is pencilled into the leadoff spot as the centerfielder by manager Kirk Gibson.
A letterwinner at Miami from 2008-10, Eaton, 23, combined to hit .375 (198-for-528) with 47 doubles, 5 triples, 7 home runs, 48 RBI, 130 runs scored and 44 stolen bases in 130 combined games with Double-A Mobile and Reno in 2012. He was named the Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, joining Salt Lake’s Robb Quinlan (2002) as the only players in the league’s history to win both awards in a single season.
Eaton ranked among all full-season Minor Leaguers in average (1st), hits (1st), doubles (1st), runs scored (1st) on-base percentage (2nd, .456), OPS (8th, .978) and total bases (8th, 276). He also reached base safely in 41 straight games from May 14-June 27, the third-longest streak in Triple-A this season.
The 5-foot-8, 184- pounder is a career .355 (430-for-1,210) hitter with 83 doubles, 16 triples, 24 home runs, 15 RBI and 98 stolen bases in 319 games over 3 Minor League seasons in the D-backs organization. Eaton was named to the PCL Mid-Season All-Star Team and All-PCL Team in 2012, California League Mid-Season All-Star Team in 2011, the Topps’ Short- Season/Rookie All-Star Team and Pioneer League All-Star Team in 2010.
Eaton is the third player to reach the major leagues during head coach Dan Simonds' eight-year tenure. John Ely, who made 23 appearances on the mound for Los Angeles (NL) in 2010 and 2011, was promoted back to the Dodgers' active roster on Saturday. Graham Taylor made three starts on the mound for the Florida Marlins in 2009.