The Phillies announced their minor league coaching staffs this afternoon. Among the hirings was the news that former big league utilityman Jake Elmore has accepted a role as hitting coach of the club’s Low-A affiliate in Clearwater.
The transition to coaching marks the end of the 34-year-old’s playing career. Elmore was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 34th round of the 2008 draft out of Arizona State. Despite that lack of amateur prospect pedigree, the right-handed hitter progressed up the minor league ladder and reached the majors in 2012. Elmore would log some big league action in each of the following four seasons as well, bouncing between the D-Backs, Astros, Reds, Rays and Brewers.
Elmore spent the 2017-18 seasons in Triple-A but returned to the majors for a bit with the Pirates in 2019. That proved his final major league experience, as the Alabama native spent 2020 at the Indians’ alternate training site and wrapped up his career with fifteen games for the Phils’ top affiliate in Lehigh Valley last season.
Altogether, Elmore suited up in parts of six big league seasons and tallied 527 plate appearances over 217 games. He hit .215/.292/.275 with four home runs and four stolen bases. Valued primarily for his defensive versatility, Elmore started games at all four infield spots and each of the three outfield positions during his big league run. He played nine years at Triple-A as part of a professional career that spanned 15 seasons, hitting .293/.389/.380 at the minors’ highest level. MLBTR congratulates Elmore on his lengthy run in pro ball and wishes him the best in his coaching career.