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A.J. ELLIS: Pitchers and Catchers Report to Spring Training

A.J. ELLIS back in 2016: Pitchers and Catchers Report to Spring Training

A veteran with a .348 career OBP, A.J. Ellis is back in 2016 with hopes of going ALL THE WAY!

Andrew James Ellis

  • Born: 4/9/1981 in Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Draft: 2003, Los Angeles Dodgers, 18th rd. (541st overall)
  • College: Austin Peay
  • Debut: September 15, 2008
  • 2016 Salary:  $4.5 million
Overview
  • Hits were mostly off FB (70%).
  • 10% of hits were off sinkers.
  • Did not swing often at pitches above the zone and inside half - only swung at 10% of 49 pitches there (31% is avg).
  • Did not swing often at pitches above the zone and away half - only swung at 11% of 52 pitches there (36% is avg).
  • Pitchers threw splitters high.
  • Put cutters into play infrequently 6% of the time (19% is avg).
Strengths
  • Hit line-drives often.
  • Average bunter - successful 75% of the time (75% is avg).
  • Rarely bunted it foul - 0% of the time (50% is avg).
  • Got hits/sacs most often off fastball (17% of swings) compared to his least (cutter 0%).
Weaknesses
  • Hit cutters poorly - only 0% of his 16 swings were hits/sacs (12% is avg).
  • Hole below the knees and away half - he got NO hits off his 17 swings there.
  • Big hole below the knees and inside half - he got NO hits off his 19 swings there.
  • Hole below the knees - he got NO hits off his 36 swings there.
  • Big hole below the knees and inside
  • Did not stretch 2nd to home often on singles only 1 of 9 chances.

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