When the Milwaukee Brewers made Colin Walsh their first rule five draft pick, I was very excited.
He provided the Brewers with a necessary tool they’ve lacked for quite a while: the ability to get on base. Walsh’s time with the Milwaukee Brewers didn’t last long, despite his prowess at getting on base, because he wasn’t able to get going at the plate.
Jacob David Elmore is 29 years old. He was originally a 48th round draft choice by the Florida Marlins in 2007 from Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama but did not sign. He then was a 34th round draft choice by the Arizona Diamondbacks from Arizona St University.
Jake, never known as a power hitter (five is his career high in the minors), has found his niche’ a a utility infielder/outfielder (and occasional pitcher!) that has the ability to draw walks and get on base.
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His best minor-league season came in 2012 at AAA for the Arizona Diamondbacks. That season, he slashed .344/.442/.465 in 419 at bats, adding 1 HR, 73 RBI, 32 SB’s, and walked 74 times and only struck out 54 times. That earned him his first call up to the major leagues.
The following year, however, he was selected off waivers by the Houston Astros. He earned a longer leash while in Houston but found himself, once again, changing (multiple) teams in the off season. This time, he was selected off waivers by the Chicago White Sox. A few months later, he was claimed by the Oakland Athletics, and later in the season, by the Cincinnati Reds. He finished the 2014 with the Reds and earned another brief call up.
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He would once again bounce around in the off season. He was selected off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates, granted free agency, and then signed with the Tampa Bay Rays. There he enjoyed his longest call up in the majors–51 games and 158 AB’s–but struggled at the plate. He was granted free agency at the end of the season and was signed as a free agent by the Milwaukee Brewers.
At Colorado Springs, Jake Elmore has seen a lot of success in hitter friendly Colorado. He’s slashed .320/.428/.380 and added 13 SB’s. For his career, in the majors, Elmore has walked at an 8.2% clip but his minor league numbers are more around 13%. If Elmore can get on base, prove he’s versatile in the field, and hit, he has a chance to stick in the majors as a super-utility player. I hope he does.