Two Eli baseball players will get their chance at The Show.
Seniors Brook Hart ’11and Gant Elmore ’11 were selected in the 23rd and 49th round, respectively, of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft in early June. Both will head to the low levels of the minor leagues and try to follow in the footsteps of Craig Breslow ’02, who is currently a reliever for the Oakland Athletics.
The Colorado Rockies made Hart the 708th selection of the draft even though he did not put on a Yale baseball uniform until his junior year at Yale. The 22-year old pitched in high school, but was recruited as a football quarterback and stuck to the gridiron for his first two years. But his absence from baseball hardly showed when he tried out for coach John Stuper in the winter of 2010.
Hart’s 6-foot-5-inch, 220-pound frame and strong throwing arm translated into an imposing presence on the mound and a 90-mile-per-hour fastball. His senior season, he finished with a team-best 2.23 earned run average and struck out 47 batters while walking only 13 in 64 2/3 innings of work.
Elmore, who was chosen 1,481st overall by the Milwaukee Brewers, had a more conventional college career. The second baseman played 159 games for the Elis over four years, and finished his career with a .289 average, 157 hits and 57 RBIs. His statistics this season — a .240 average and .329 on base percentage — did not match his overall numbers, but he made up for that with a number not measured in typical statistics: when a fastball broke his nose midway through the season, he missed only a single game.
The selection of Elmore and Hart marks the seventh straight year that an Eli baseball player has been drafted.