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A.J. Ellis | Catcher | #17

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (37) / 4/9/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 232
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Austin Peay
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 18 (0) / LA
Contract: view contract details

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A.J. Ellis went 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI during Saturday's loss to the Giants.
His ninth-inning infield single plated two runs but he was credited with only one RBI due to an error on the play. Ellis is serving as the Padres' primary catcher right now while Austin Hedges spends time on the disabled list recovering from an elbow injury. He has a .337 batting average but just one homer and 10 RBI in 31 games. Jun 23 - 7:14 PM

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A.J. Ellis went 2-for-4 with a homer on Saturday against the Padres.

It's the first homer for Ellis of the 2018 season, and it came off Alex Wood in the fifth inning. Ellis has been a real find for the San Diego lineup, and he's now slashing .315/.406/.444 over 19 games. He should continue to get plenty of playing time with Austin Hedges on the disabled list for the foreseeable future.
May 27 - 1:28 AM

Padres selected the contract of C A.J. Ellis.

The Padres will carry three catchers to start the year, but Ellis is expected to serve as the main backup to starter Austin Hedges.
Mar 28 - 8:38 PM

A.J. Ellis hit his first home run of Cactus League play in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

Ellis took Mariners de facto ace James Paxton deep in the fifth inning, so this wasn't exactly feasting on iffy spring pitching. Ellis is locked in a battle with Rafael Lopez for the chance to back up Austin Hedges this season. Ellis is probably the worse offensive player -- Lopez hit his fourth spring homer in the same inning -- but Ellis' experience and ability to handle a pitching staff may give him the edge.
Mar 25 - 7:36 PM

Padres signed C A.J. Ellis to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ellis is familiar with the NL West, as he spent the first eight-plus years of his career with the Dodgers, most of them as their starting catcher. He was the backup catcher in Miami last season and struggled to a .210/.298/.371 batting line with six homers in his 51 games. Recent reports indicate that San Diego wants Luis Torrens to spend most of the year in the minor leagues, so Ellis will battle Rocky Gale for the right to back up Austin Hedges leading into 2018.
Feb 14 - 10:50 PM

According to's Mark Feinsand, the Rockies have discussed A.J. Ellis with the Marlins.

He's also been connected to the Cubs, who are looking for a backup to take some of the pressure off Willson Contreras. Ellis has played sparingly behind J.T. Realmuto this season, logging just 82 at-bats over 27 appearances. He hasn't hit much either, slashing .232/.300/.341 with two homers and five RBI. With that said, the 36-year-old is a well-respected teammate who calls a good game behind the plate. His contract is up after this season.
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 09:58:00 PM's Joe Frisaro reports that A.J. Ellis "could be a possible fit" for the Cubs.

The Cubs evidently aren't as interested in Alex Avila as previously suggested, preferring to add a defense-first backstop. Ellis would fit the bill in that regard. The 36-year-old is an impending free agent.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 01:00:00 PM

A.J. Ellis doubled twice Sunday in the Marlins' loss to the Dodgers.

He finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with a run scored. Ellis is batting .229/.299/.300 in 23 games this season as the backup to Marlins starting catcher J.T. Realmuto.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 04:36:00 PM

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that A.J. Ellis (hamstring) will be held back "a few more days" due to his lingering hamstring issue.

Ellis has been dealing with left hamstring soreness for a couple of weeks now, but Mattingly isn't concerned about his readiness for Opening Day. The 35-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Marlins over the winter and is slated to serve as J.T. Realmuto's backup this season.
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 10:09:00 AM

A.J. Ellis (hamstring) took batting practice and did some light jogging on Thursday.

Ellis has been dealing with a sore left hamstring this week but is coming along slowly but surely. He should be ready to return to game action before long.
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 12:38:00 PM

A.J. Ellis (hamstring) has been riding a stationary bike.

He's not able to get back on the field yet, though. Ellis might have to pull out of the World Baseball Classic if his left hamstring doesn't improve soon.
Fri, Mar 3, 2017 02:33:00 PM

A.J. Ellis was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup due to a tight left hamstring.

Ellis was scheduled to serve as the designated hitter, but there's no need to take any chances this early in the spring. He should be good to go soon.
Tue, Feb 28, 2017 11:18:00 AM

Marlins signed C A.J. Ellis to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

The agreement was reached last Wednesday during the Winter Meetings and then finalized Monday after Ellis passed his pre-signing physical in Miami. He'll work as an active backup to Marlins starting catcher J.T. Realmuto after slashing .216/.301/.298 in 196 plate appearances this summer between the Dodgers and Phillies. Ellis hit .238/.355/.403 over 217 plate appearances with Los Angeles in 2015.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 03:34:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports the Marlins have signed catcher A.J. Ellis to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

Ellis will head to Miami to act as J.T. Realmuto's backup catcher. The veteran hit just .216/.301/.298 in 2016 between the Dodgers and Phillies, but his clubhouse rep is exceptional and he's had some decent seasons in the past.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 04:28:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Marlins are showing interest in free agent A.J. Ellis.

Miami needs a new backup catcher with Jeff Mathis having signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Diamondbacks last week. Ellis batted just .216/.301/.298 in 2016, but he's a well-liked guy with a decent career OBP of .340. It's a pretty good fit.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 08:44:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Austin Hedges
2A.J. Ellis
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Jose Pirela
SS1Freddy Galvis
2Allen Cordoba
3B1Christian Villanueva
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Franchy Cordero
2Hunter Renfroe
3Alex Dickerson
CF1Manuel Margot
2Matt Szczur
RF1Wil Myers
2Travis Jankowski
Starting Pitcher
S1Clayton Richard
2Tyson Ross
3Joey Lucchesi
4Eric Lauer
5Jordan Lyles
6Dinelson Lamet
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Hand
2Kirby Yates
3Craig Stammen
4Matt Strahm
5Robbie Erlin
6Adam Cimber
7Bryan Mitchell
8Jose Torres
9Kazuhisa Makita
10Phil Hughes
11Jose Castillo
12Robert Stock