JAKE ELMORE, SECOND BASEMAN
|Born: June 15, 1987
Drafted: 34th Round, 1038th Overall, 2008 (Diamondbacks)
How Acquired: Minor league free agent
College: Arizona State University
WTM’s PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Elmore is a utility infielder who managed to reach the majors despite being a late-round draft pick. His main skill is outstanding strike zone judgment; he has as many career walks as strikeouts in the minors. He has no power. Scouts consider Elmore average at best defensively at second, with a below-average arm and speed. Despite the scouting evaluation of his speed, he’s had some good stolen base totals in the minors, although usually with subpar efficiency.
The Diamondbacks sent Elmore to advanced rookie ball, where he mainly played second. He hit very well, although as a college draftee he was probably a little more advanced than the average at the level.
In full season ball, Elmore continued to play mainly second. He didn’t hit nearly as well, with his power especially dropping off, but he walked more than he struck out.
The D’backs moved Elmore up two levels and he turned in largely the same season at the plate, including slightly more walks than strikeouts. He spent the majority of his time at second, but played 38 games at short and 15 at third.
Elmore returned to AA and played regularly at second. He again hit about the same.
Elmore had a big year in AAA, although the Pacific Coast League probably helped. This time he played short more than second. Arizona added him to the roster and called him up in August when Willie Bloomquist got hurt. He played mainly at short, but didn’t hit much. After the season, the D’backs waived Elmore and Houston claimed him.
The Astros sent Elmore to AAA, but brought him up briefly in May and then for the rest of the season in late June. He hit passably and split his time in the field between short, second and the outfield. After the season, the White Sox claimed him off waivers and then sent him to Oakland for cash.
Elmore missed the first two and a half months of the season with a strained left quadriceps. The A’s sent him to AAA once he was ready to play, but put him on waivers at the end of July and the Reds claimed him. They sent him to AAA, then called him up for September, although he played only sparingly.
The Pirates ended up with Elmore through an odd series of transactions. The Reds outrighted him to AAA on November 3, then reportedly signed him to a minor league contract two days later. The Pirates, however, claimed him off waivers on November 7. He had one option left, but the Pirates designated him for assignment in January to clear roster space for Jung-Ho Kang. Elmore cleared waivers, but refused the assignment and became a free agent. He signed with the Rays in February and got called up in April. He ended up splitting his time between the majors and AAA, playing all the infield positions at both levels, as well as in left for the Rays. He also pitched an inning for each team. Elmore produced very little on offense beyond drawing a lot of walks in AAA. After the season, the Rays outrighted him, and he refused assignment and signed with the Brewers.
Elmore again divided his time between AAA and the majors. He hit uncharacteristically well in AAA. While with the Brewers, Elmore played second, third and every outfield position. After the season, Elmore signed with Toronto.
Elmore spent much of the season with the Blue Jays, but they traded him to Miami for cash considerations in mid-August. Overall, he continued to hit as before, with a lot of walks but no power. In the field he played second, third, short, left and right.
Elmore signed with the White Sox in February and spent the season in AAA. He had his best season in a while, hitting for a good average with the usual large number of walks. He played second, third, short and left, and pitched once. After the season, Elmore became a free agent again and re-signed with the White Sox, but they sent him to the Pirates for cash at the beginning of the season.
Elmore got off to a great start at Indianapolis, batting over .400 for much of the first six weeks of the season. When Jung-Ho Kang went on the injured list, the Pirates called up Elmore. He went 1-for-20 with no walks in the majors and, in late May, the Pirates designated him for assignment and outrighted him to Indianapolis. He couldn’t keep up the near-.400 hitting, but he hit well the rest of the year, with a lot of doubles and good plate discipline. He spent most of his time playing second, short and left. The Pirates called Elmore back up in mid-September when they were hit with several injuries and weren’t willing to call up Ke’Bryan Hayes or Will Craig. Elmore ended up playing regularly late in the season when the Pirates’ outfield was wiped out by still more injuries.
The Pirates outrighted Elmore to AAA after the season and he opted for free agency. He then re-signed with them for 2020 on a minor league deal, including an invitation to major league training.
|2020: Minor league salary
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2008
MLB Debut: 8/11/2012
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible: 2023
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: August 11, 2012
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2013, 2014, 2015)
MLB Service Time: 2.005
|June 7, 2007: Drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 48th round, 1401st overall pick.
June 6, 2008: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 34th round, 1038th overall pick; signed on June 11.
August 11, 2012: Contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
November 1, 2012: Claimed off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks by the Houston Astros.
November 20, 2013: Claimed off waivers from the Houston Astros by the Chicago White Sox.
February 27, 2014: Traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations.
July 31, 2014: Designated for assignment by the Oakland Athletics.
August 2, 2014: Claimed off waivers from the Oakland Athletics by the Cincinnati Reds.
November 3, 2014: Outrighted to AAA by the Cincinnati Reds.
November 7, 2014: Claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
January 20, 2015: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates; outrighted to AAA on January 29; refused assignment and became a free agent on February 1.
February 9, 2015: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Tampa Bay Rays.
April 22, 2015: Called up by the Tampa Bay Rays.
November 6, 2015: Outrighted to AAA by the Tampa Bay Rays, refused assignment and became a free agent.
December 14, 2015: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Milwaukee Brewers.
June 28, 2016: Called up by the Milwaukee Brewers.
October 28, 2016: Outrighted to AAA by the Milwaukee Brewers; refused assignment and became a free agent on October 31.
February 9, 2017: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays.
August 16, 2017: Traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the Miami Marlins for cash considerations.
November 6, 2017: Became a free agent.
February 8, 2018: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Chicago White Sox.
November 2, 2018: Became a free agent.
January 24, 2019: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Chicago White Sox.
March 28, 2019: Traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.
May 13, 2019: Called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
May 26, 2019: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates; outrighted to AAA on May 29.
September 17, 2019: Called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
October 25, 2019: Outrighted to AAA by the Pittsburgh Pirates; elected free agency on October 31.
December 21, 2019: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.