Packy Elkins on Cardinals 4th minors coach

A former St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguer has begun a new job as a coach-scout at the Double-A level.

Yesterday's Springfield Cardinals "Patrick" interview was with a player, third baseman Patrick Wisdom. Today, our subject is a former player – one that never reached the Double-A level – coach Patrick "Packy" Elkins.

For 2014, the St. Louis Cardinals invested in four new positions – one at each of the four full-season levels – from Memphis to Peoria. These new coaches, the fourth on each team's staff, are a hybrid coach-scout. Elkins, a former middle infielder, has that job for the Texas League Cardinals.

Before the games, Elkins and his peers do everything the other coaches do in uniform including hitting fungoes, pitching batting practice, working with hitters and the like. During the contests, the coaches change modes and into street clothes. Sitting behind home plate, they scout the day's opposition.

The new role helps the organization build an in-house pipeline of future coaches and scouts while the individuals get a feeling for which of the jobs may interest them most over the long term.

Elkins discusses his transition from player to the business world, then back into baseball a year later in the following exclusive interview.


Previously posted Springfield interviews:
Manager Mike Shildt
Shortstop Aledmys Diaz
Pitcher Kurt Heyer
Pitcher Zach Petrick
Pitcher Sam Gaviglio
First baseman Jonathan Rodriguez
Third baseman Patrick Wisdom

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