The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have claimed infielder Jake Elmore off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.
Elmore, 27, split the majority of the 2014 campaign between the two Triple-A clubs of the Sacramento River Cats (Oakland A’s) and Louisville Bats. He combined to hit .281 (75-for-267) with 17 doubles, 44 runs scored and 25 RBI in 72 minor league games in 2014, while also going 2-for-11 (.182) with a walk during a five-game cup of coffee with the Reds last season. Elmore, who was selected off waivers by the Reds from Oakland on Aug. 2, saw action in 43 Triple-A contests at second base, 19 at shortstop, 12 at third and four in left field between the Bats and Rivercats in 2014.
Originally selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 34th round (1,038th overall) of the 2008 MLB Draft, Elmore received praise from Baseball America as possessing the “Best Strike Zone Discipline” in the D-backs’ system in 2011 and the Pacific Coast League in 2013 during his climb through the minors. The Dothan, Ala. native also enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2012, earning selections to both the Mid and Postseason PCL All-Star teams after he produced the fourth-best average in the league (.344) and ranked second in on-base percentage (.442), third in runs scored (95) and fourth in walks (74) alongside then-Arizona phenom Adam Eaton on the Triple-A champion Reno Aces squad.
Elmore enters the 2015 campaign having hit .290 (663-for-2289) with 131 doubles, 22 triples, 17 homers, 403 runs and 259 RBI in 664 career Minor League games. He has also gone 44-for-87 (.221) with eight doubles, two home runs, 17 runs and 19 RBI in 87 career Major League contests.