Timothy Scott Elbert is a professional baseball player from the United States of America who plays as a pitcher. A football, basketball and baseball player at the Seneca High School, Elbert went on to create state records in rushing yardage as well as rushing touchdowns, during his junior year, on the way to an All-State selection.
In baseball, he led the school’s all-time records with a 0.94 ERA, 433 strikeouts, 238.0 innings pitched and 29 complete games on his way to becoming the all-time offensive leader in batting as well, with 28 doubles, 10 triples 97 RBI as well as 22 home runs.
At the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft, Elbert decided to declare his availability and was picked in the first round, at 17th overall, by the Los Angeles Dodgers who gave him a signing bonus of $1.575 million. In his debut at the Rookie League, in 2004, for the Ogden Raptors, Elbert went 2-3 with a 5.26 ERA and struck out 45 batters in 49.2 innings. The following year, Elbert was promoted to the A-League as a member of the Columbus Catfish. He got his first winning season with an 8-5 record and a 2.66 ERA, striking out a mammoth 128 batters. In 2006, Elbert was promoted to the Advanced A-League to play for the Vero Beach Dodgers. With a 5-5 record and a 2.37 ERA after 17 games, Elbert was promoted midway through the season to the AA-League to play for the Jacksonville Suns for the remainder of 2006.
In 11 starts in as many games, Elbert recorded a 6-4 record with a 3.61 ERA to become the third-ranked prospect in the Southern League according to Baseball America. However his progress was cut short 3 games into the 2007 season. Elbert injured his shoulder and was forced to sit out the remainder of the season. He returned in 2008 to play 25 games for the Suns and was right back on the mark with a 4-1 record and a 2.40 ERA. The Dodgers had seen enough and Elbert was named to the 40-man roster towards the end of the season.
Making his debut in April, Elbert faced a tough time, playing 10 games and giving away an ERA of 12.00. This prompted the Dodgers to send him down to the AA-League to play for the Chattanooga Lookouts and then for the Albuquerque Isotopes, at the beginning of 2009, before returning to the Dodgers for his second attempt at the big league.
In his second go, Elbert was at a 2-0 win-loss record with an ERA of 5.03 after 19 games, this time playing as a relief pitcher.