Senior Second Baseman Selected In 49th Round Of The Major League Baseball Draft
SECAUCUS, N.J. — Senior David (Gant) Elmore (Bloomington, Ind.) was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday in the 49th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.
Elmore was the 1,481st selection overall. He is the second Bulldogs player to be selected in this week's draft, joining fellow senior Brook Hart. The starting pitcher was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 23rd round of the draft on Tuesday.
"I am really happy Gant is getting a chance," Yale baseball coach John Stuper said. "Not only is he a good player, but he has a great aptitude for the game. He is absolutely the prototypical "coach on the field." Wherever the Brewers send him, I am confident he will be able to help any of the younger infielders with whom he plays.
"He has great strike-zone knowledge and a toughness about him. He got hit in the face with a fastball this year that broke his nose. He missed one game. That says it all."
Elmore, an All-Ivy League Second Team selection in 2010, finished the season hitting .240 with a .329 on-base percentage. He walked 11 times and struck out only 14 times. He started all 39 games in which he appeared. Defensively, the second baseman posted a .964 fielding percentage, committing only six errors in 107 attempts. He led the Bulldogs with 107 assists.
Overall, Elmore appeared in 159 games in his four-year Yale career, starting 155 of those games. He finished his Yale career with a .289 overall average, 157 total hits, 24 doubles, two triples, one home run, 57 RBIs and 96 runs scored. He finished with a .957 fielding percentage overall with 30 total errors in 403 fielding attempts in his four seasons.
Elmore is the 30th Bulldog to move on to the professional ranks during Coach Stuper's tenure. The selection of Elmore and Hart in this year's draft represents the seventh straight year that a Bulldogs player was drafted.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity