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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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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

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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

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that there is mutual interest between the Phillies and free agent catcher A.J. Ellis.

Stark says it would be a "catcher, leader, unofficial coach" type of role for the 35-year-old backstop, who was dealt from the Dodgers to the Phillies this past August for Carlos Ruiz. Ellis batted just .216/.301/.298 overall in 2016, though he did finish strong in his 35 plate appearances down the stretch with Philadelphia.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 07:22:00 PM

A.J. Ellis went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Sunday's win over the Mets.

The Dodgers traded Ellis to the Phillies on Thursday. He saw his first at-bats with the club on Sunday and chipped in with a two-run double during a four-run seventh inning. The veteran backstop is hitting .196/.284/.259 between his two teams this season and does not make for appealing waiver wire fodder.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 06:05:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Austin Hedges
2A.J. Ellis
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Carlos Asuaje
SS1Freddy Galvis
2Allen Cordoba
3B1Chase Headley
2Cory Spangenberg
3Christian Villanueva
LF1Jose Pirela
2Hunter Renfroe
3Alex Dickerson
CF1Manuel Margot
2Matt Szczur
3Franchy Cordero
RF1Wil Myers
Starting Pitcher
S1Clayton Richard
2Tyson Ross
3Bryan Mitchell
4Joey Lucchesi
5Eric Lauer
6Matt Strahm
7Colin Rea
8Dinelson Lamet
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Hand
2Kirby Yates
3Craig Stammen
4Kazuhisa Makita
5Jordan Lyles
6Adam Cimber
7Robbie Erlin
8Jose Torres
9Phil Maton