Two former Missoula Osprey have been named to the 2012 Topps Triple-A All-Star Team, announced by Minor League Baseball™ and the Topps Company.
Outfielder Adam Eaton, a 2010 member of the Osprey, and shortstop Jake Elmore, a 2008 Osprey alumnus, were both named to the 10-player squad. Both played for the Triple-A Reno Aces during the 2012 season, Elmore from Opening Day and Eaton joined the club after a May promotion. Both finished the season with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Eaton, a 19th Round pick in the 2010 MLB Draft by the D-backs, and a former Topps Short Season-A™/Rookie® All-Star in 2010 while with the Osprey, led Triple-A in batting average (.381), hits (186), doubles (46), runs (119) and on-base percentage (.456). The PCL MVP and Rookie of the Year ranked second in OPS (.995) and stolen bases (38). The outfielder was also among the best in extra-base hits (4th, 58) and slugging percentage (9th, .539).
While with the Osprey in 2010, Eaton set a pair of single-season and career standards in both batting average (.385) and on-base percentage (.500), becoming the only player in Osprey history to finish with an OBP of .500 or better.
Elmore, who was a Pioneer League All-Star in 2008, finished second in Triple-A this past season in on-base percentage (.442) and tied for third best with his .344 batting average. He also carried a .400 batting average into the month of July, and battled Eaton for the batting title until the final three weeks of the season. Elmore also had nine triples, good for eighth in the classification. The D-backs took Elmore in the 34th round in 2008 out of Arizona State University.
The 2013 edition of the Osprey will open the season on Thursday, June 20, when the defending Pioneer League Champions take on the Helena Brewers. Season tickets for the 2013 season are on sale now at the MSO Hub Box Office. For more information and a complete schedule, contact the Osprey at (406) 543-3300, stop by the MSO Hub Box Office at 140 N. Higgins, or visit the Osprey online at MissoulaOsprey.com.