Former Greenville Comet Todd Eaton was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 34th round of this year’s Major League Baseball draft. We talked to Comets Baseball Coach Todd Hutchinson about Eaton’s recent success.
“You know, Todd obviously was a great athlete for us and a great competitor, and everything that you wanted from a kid,” Hutchinson said. “He did it on the football field and, obviously, he was a great pitcher and hitter for us on some successful teams. We went to the Final Four in football — went to the Elite Eight in baseball. Todd was a leader in that group and just was a kid that you knew, athletically, had what it took to make it to the next level.”
Hutchinson said Eaton’s success serves as an example to other local athletes that hard work can pay off.
”It’s just exciting, obviously for Todd and his family, and really for our program and the entire community,” Hutchinson told us. “I think it’s just neat when our kids get a chance to go on and play at that higher level. I think what it shows is that dream can always be played out if you work hard. We preach that every day — you’ve just got to go out and work hard and try to get better every day.”
Since his time at Greenville High School, Eaton has been a workhorse for the SIUC Salukis, tying the all-time saves record of 19 and placing fourth on the all-time career appearances lists with 89.