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A.J. Ellis | Catcher | #18

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (35) / 4/9/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 222
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Austin Peay
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 18 (0) / LA
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Phillies acquired C A.J. Ellis, RHP Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later from the Dodgers in exchange for C Carlos Ruiz and cash.
Ellis had been with the Dodgers since 2008 and was known for being Clayton Kershaw's primary catcher. Now he'll head to a rebuilding Phillies squad where he'll serve as a backup for Cameron Rupp. Ellis has been a non-factor offensively this season, hitting only .194 with one homer and 13 RBI over 139 at-bats. Aug 25 - 5:51 PM

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A.J. Ellis went 1-for-3 with his first career stolen base in Wednesday's loss to the Rays.

Entering Wednesday's action, Ellis had attempted just four steals in 536 career games. None of those tries were successful, but the veteran backstop surprised the universe with steal No. 1 on Wednesday. The Dodgers -- cheeky crew that they are -- had the base removed for memory's sake. Even with his newfound speed, he remains a fantasy no-go due to his lack of playing time and lack of upside with the bat.
Jul 27 - 8:32 PM

A.J. Ellis hit a go-ahead infield single in the Dodgers’ 5-4 win over the Pirates on Monday.

You don’t see "A.J. Ellis infield single" very often, but he hit a ball deep in the hole at shortstop and Jordy Mercer had a tough time getting a hold on it for the throw to first base. The single put a bow on a four-run fifth inning for the Dodgers, which stood up as the difference in the ballgame. Ellis went 1-for-3 with a walk on the afternoon and is hitting .210/.310/.280 over 38 games this season. He’s not fantasy relevant.
Jun 27 - 4:32 PM

A.J. Ellis went 2-for-4 against the Rockies on Saturday night, including a two-run homer -- his first of the year.

Ellis's homer in the second inning proved to be all the runs the Dodgers would need. He was an unlikely source of power, too, as he's only slugging .333 this year, but Coors Field will help that. With the return of Yasmani Grandal from the disabled list, the 35-year-old has only started two games in the past week and has become an afterthought in all fantasy formats.
Apr 23 - 11:44 PM

A.J. Ellis is absent from the Dodgers' lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.

He's just getting a breather. Austin Barnes will catch Scott Kazmir. The Dodgers also have Trayce Thompson in left field.
Apr 10 - 12:50 PM

A.J. Ellis is not in the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday.

Ellis drove in three runs in Monday's season-opening rout of the Padres, but he will take a seat for Austin Barnes on Tuesday night against right-hander James Shields. Ellis is supposed to serve as the Dodgers' primary catcher while Yasmani Grandal recovers from a forearm issue, but Barnes will get looks too.
Apr 5 - 6:38 PM

A.J. Ellis is starting at catcher for the Dodgers on Opening Day against the Padres.

Yasmani Grandal landed on the disabled list Sunday (retroactive to March 25) with a forearm injury, giving Ellis at least a week of action behind the plate. The veteran catcher is capable of providing fantasy production in two-catcher leagues while he is getting regular playing time, and Grandal doesn't have an exact timetable. Here is the Dodgers' full lineup for Monday's season opener versus the Padres and right-hander Tyson Ross: Chase Utley 2B, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Yasiel Puig RF, Carl Crawford LF, Joc Pederson CF, A.J. Ellis C, Clayton Kershaw SP.
Apr 4 - 2:48 PM

A.J. Ellis went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored in the Dodgers’ 8-3 win over the Athletics on Thursday in Cactus League play.

Ellis had two doubles on the day, including one which cleared the bases against Rich Hill in the first inning. The 34-year-old batted .238/.355/.403 over 217 plate appearances last season and will likely see starts behind the plate against southpaws in 2016.
Mar 10 - 6:28 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that he doesn't envision A.J. Ellis serving as Clayton Kershaw's personal catcher in 2016.

Ellis has caught the great majority of Kershaw's starts dating back to 2012, but Roberts plans to have Yasmani Grandal catch him more often this season. "Sure, and he caught him last year as well," said Roberts. "He caught him last year and Clayton performed well so the idea of a personal catcher, I don’t see that happening. But there will be times A.J. will catch Kershaw as well." Kershaw's input will surely be considered here, but Roberts indicated that he's more inclined to make decisions based on pitching matchups, with Grandal starting behind the plate against right-handers and Ellis against southpaws. It will be something to keep an eye on, for multiple reasons.
Mar 2 - 2:45 PM

Dodgers and C A.J. Ellis avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Ellis was arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. Highly-regarded for his ability as a game-caller, the 34-year-old batted .238/.355/.403 over 63 games this past season while catching the majority of Clayton Kershaw's starts. He gets a slight raise over the $4.25 million he made in 2015.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 12:59:00 PM

A.J. Ellis is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Mets on Saturday.

Ellis got the start in Friday's opener but will take a seat in favor of Yasmani Grandal for Game 2. Grandal will hit seventh. Ellis went 1-for-3 with a single in Game 1.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 04:21:00 PM

A.J. Ellis went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a solo home run as the Dodgers beat the Giants on Tuesday.

Ellis hit the Dodgers' third solo home run of the game to boost the lead to 3-0 in the sixth inning against Madison Bumgarner. He tacked on an RBI single to push the lead to 8-0 in the eighth inning. Ellis has hit for more power in September, blasting three of his seven homers. Overall, he's batting .232/.346/.401 with 20 RBI in 211 plate appearances.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 01:09:00 AM

A.J. Ellis swatted his fifth home run of the season on Sunday as the Dodgers topped the Diamondbacks 4-3.

At the time, it didn't seem as though his solo blast in the eighth inning to extend the Dodgers lead to 4-0 would prove to be critical, but after Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the ninth it proved to be the difference. Ellis has struggled through an injury-plagued season, slashing just .231/.347/.374 with five homers and 15 RBI.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 07:59:00 PM

A.J. Ellis swatted a two-run home run in Wednesday's 7-4 victory over the Reds.

Ellis finished 1-for-3 with a walk. He drilled a two-run shot in the middle of the Dodgers' five-run fourth inning against starter David Holmberg. The catcher has started only nine games since being activated from the disabled list on August 5, but has performed well, batting .231/.429/.538 with two home runs in his most recent 26 at-bats.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 11:05:00 PM

A.J. Ellis went 1-for-1 with four walks and a three-run home run as the Dodgers lost in 10 innings to the Athletics on Tuesday.

Ellis broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth inning with a three-run home run off of Fernando Rodriguez, but it wasn't a lead the Dodgers' bullpen could hold. The catcher is batting .217/.352/.349 with three home runs and 10 RBI this season. Ellis has battled hand and knee injuries this season, limiting his playing time.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 02:00:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Cameron Rupp
2A.J. Ellis
1B1Tommy Joseph
2Ryan Howard
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Emmanuel Burriss
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Peter Bourjos
2Tyler Goeddel
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Aaron Altherr
2Jimmy Paredes
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Charlie Morton
3Aaron Nola
4Jerad Eickhoff
5Vincent Velasquez
6Zach Eflin
7Jake Thompson
8Adam Morgan
9Matt Harrison
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeanmar Gomez
2Hector Neris
3David Hernandez
4Edubray Ramos
5Michael Mariot
6Frank Herrmann
7Severino Gonzalez