Elmore and Gorgen Earn Monthly Honors

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that Triple-A Reno infielder Jake Elmore and Double-A Mobile right-handed pitcher Matt Gorgen have been named the organization's Minor League Player- and Pitcher-of-the-Month for May.

Jake Elmore, 24, hit .448 (47-for-105) with 9 doubles, 26 RBI and 32 runs scored in 28 games in May for the Aces. He concluded the month leading the Pacific Coast League in average (.400) and on-base percentage (.491) while finishing second in hits (70) and stolen bases (16).  Only five other PCL players have entered the month of June with a .400 or better average since the 2005 season.

Originally drafted by the D-backs in the 34th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft from Arizona State University, Elmore collected a pair of 6-game hit streaks (May 4-9, 11-17) and finished the month with a 12-game hit streak (May 20-present), while reaching base safely in 27 straight games (May 3-present). With that astounding consistency, Elmore raised his average .089 points over the month of May. 

Matt Gorgen, 25, was 4-for-4 in save opportunities with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER in 13.0 IP) and 19 strikeouts in 9 games in May for the BayBears, recording at least 1 strikeout in each appearance during the month. In nine games, he limited opponents to a .178 average (8-for-45) and did not allow an inherited runner to score (4 IR-0 IRS).

Gorgen enters June averaging 13.9 strikeouts per 9 innings (32 K in 22.0 IP), good for second-best in the Southern League. Gorgen was acquired by the D-backs on September 9, 2010, to complete the July 31, 2010 trade that sent right-handed pitcher Chad Qualls to the Tampa Bay Rays. He underwent Tommy John surgery the following May, causing him to miss the entire 2011 season. The Palo Alto, CA native was selected by Tampa Bay in the 16th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft from the University of California, Berkeley.

Every month during the season, the D-backs Player Development staff chooses the player and pitcher most deserving of the honors based on nominations from coaches at each affiliate along with input from the Minor League coordinators. Below is a list of the overall winners as well as player nominated by each affiliate:

May Player Pitcher
Overall Jake Elmore Matt Gorgen
Reno Aces Jake Elmore Jonathan Albaladejo
Mobile BayBears Marc Krauss Matt Gorgen
Visalia Rawhide Chris Owings David Holmberg
South Bend Silver Hawks Fidel Pena Seth Simmons
Extended Spring Training Kerry Jenkins Karl Triana


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