D-backs award Eaton, Martinez with monthly honors

PHOENIX -The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today Triple-A Reno outfielder Adam Eaton and Dominican Summer League right-handed pitcher Jose Martinez have been named the organization's Minor League Player- and Pitcher-of-the-Month for July, respectively.

Eaton, 23, hit .393 (42-for-107) with 23 runs scored, 10 doubles, 4 home runs, 10 RBI and 9 stolen bases in 26 games in July for the Aces. Eaton leads all Minor Leaguers in hits (162) and runs scored (116). Since 2005, no other Minor Leaguer has collected 152 hits (Matt Gamel, 2008) or 107 runs (Bubba Bell, 2007) before August 1. The Pacific Coast League Mid-Season All-Star notched 14 multi-hit games in July, including 8 straight multi-hit games from July 4-16 (.563, 18-for-32). His Aces franchise-record 50 multi-hit games have already surpassed the previous mark of 45 (Doug Deeds, 2010). A native of Springfield, Ohio, Eaton was drafted by the D-backs in the 19th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft from Miami University of Ohio.

Martinez, 18, went 3-0 with a 0.70 ERA (2 ER in 25.2 IP) in 4 starts in July for the Dominican Summer League D-backs. He averaged 9.48 strikeouts per 9 innings (27 K in 25.2 IP) and limited opponents to a .176 average (16-for-91). Martinez ranks seventh in the DSL with a 1.28 ERA (7 ER in 49.1 IP) and has not allowed an earned run to score in his previous 20.0 innings pitched (July 7-26). The Restauracion, D.R. native, was signed as a Minor League free agent on June 29, 2011.

Every month during the season, the D-backs Player Development staff chooses the player and pitcher most deserving of the honors based on nominations from coaches at each affiliate along with input from the Minor League coordinators. Below is a list of the overall winners as well as player nominated by each affiliate:

PLAYER Adam Eaton Adam Eaton Rossmel Perez Yazy Arbelo & Ender Inciarte
PITCHER Jose Martinez Tyler Skaggs Eury de la Rosa Taylor Siemens

PLAYER Matt Helm Kevin Medrano Jake Lamb Andrew Velazquez Jose Queliz
PITCHER Kable Hogben Blake Perry Justin Thompson Don Medlinger Jose Martinez