MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — When you’ve been in the major leagues five different times with five different teams, it could be easy to fall into a rut after a decent year in Triple A without being called up. But utilityman Jake Elmore continues to go about his business with the hopes of making it the majors with his sixth different team.
But it’s not exactly business as usual for the 31-year-old Alabama native — he’s changing his approach at the plate.
A right-handed batter, Elmore said he typically hits the ball to right field or down the middle. So, he’s working to even out his spray chart.
“I was basically cutting my swing off and stepping my front foot across. So now, I worked extensively on stepping straight to give myself freedom to pull the ball more,” Elmore said ahead of a game in Charlotte over the weekend. “I’m still thinking, pull the ball to the opposite field, but it just opens more of the plate for me so I’m able to cover more pitches.”