Chris Ellis was the 'other' pitching prospect acquired from the Angels in the Andrelton Simmons trade. Sean Newcomb, one of the best pitching prospects in the game, was the headliner. But if Ellis continues to pitch the way he did Friday night, he might get more attention as being more than just the 'other' prospect.
Ellis pitched six shutout innings and allowed four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out eight to win his first game of the season. Mississippi beat the Blue Wahoos 2-0.
Last season for the Angels' Double-A team in Arkansas, Ellis was 7-4 with a 3.92 earned run average in 15 starts. He allowed 77 hits in 78 innings, with 43 walks and 62 strikeouts. For Ellis to debut with no base on balls for the Braves is an excellent sign.
Ellis has a fastball, changeup, curve and slider. Here is our interview with Ellis from spring training.
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