D-backs prospect Eaton hauls in two PCL awards

D-backs prospect Eaton hauls in two PCL awards

LOS ANGELES -- D-backs Minor League outfielder Adam Eaton was named Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player as well as the league's Rookie of the Year.

Eaton, a 19th-round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft who is ranked as the D-backs' No. 13 prospect, hit .379 with 44 doubles, seven homers and 45 RBIs in 116 games for Triple-A Reno.

"It's super, Rookie of the Year and MVP, that doesn't happen very often," D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said. "This guy's nailed it at every level. What I like is he's a multidimensional player, too. He plays very good defense as well. He always seems to be it the middle of something good that's happening."

Given Eaton's performance, it's hard to imagine that he would not receive a September callup, although in order to do that the club would have to add him to its 40-man roster. If he is not called up, he would still have another year before the club would need to add him.

"But it's kind of hard to elevate other guys from your club and leave him off just based on kind of rewarding a kid for a job well done," Towers said. "But you get him up here, you'd like to play him. A lot will depend on where we're at. If we happen to fall out of it, then maybe give him some starts out there if we end up calling him up. We're still kind of on the fence about what we're going to do. I have a pretty good idea of what we'll do with him, but those are things that once Reno's done we'll discuss."

Reno has qualified for the Triple-A playoffs and the D-backs do not want to take too many players off its roster yet.