PHOENIX Brett Butler spent the great majority of his lengthy major league as a leadoff hitter, so he knows a little bit about the top of a batting order.
Consider, then, his assessment of his Jake Elmore.
Hes the best two-hole hitter Ive ever had. Ever, Butler said when the Aces stopped in Tucson two weeks ago.
Butler, who manages Elmore at Class AAA Reno, did not stop there.
Hes David Eckstein all over again, Butler said.
Eckstein had a 10-year major league career that included the 2006 World Series MVP as a 19th round draft pick out of Florida.
Marco Scutaro also is a name that pops up when scouts talk about Elmore, who has gone from a 34th-round draft pick out of Arizona State in 2008 to the leading hitter in the Pacific Coast League in his fifth season in the organization.
Elmore was hitting .395.472.539 entering the second half of the PCL season Wednesday, and he was all over the leader board second in the league in doubles (20), leading in triples (six), second in st...