Ellis Redhot in AFL

A. J. Ellis isn't getting to play every day in the Arizona Fall League but when he's in there for the Mesa Solar Sox, he certainly has been making the most of it.

Ellis is a part-time catcher for the Sox and, as such, has been playing about half the time which has been enough to make quite an impression. In his latest appearance he ripped three singles to bring his batting average to a lofty .588. That would easily top the prospect-crowded league- if he had enough at-bats, which he doesn't.

Ellis is one of seven Dodgers assigned to Mesa. Outfielder Anthony Raglani had a recent spurt to bring his average up to .250. He's shown pop with two home runs and nine RBI. Shortstop Chin-lung Hu was it on the hand by a pitch but that hasn't kept him out of the lineup although he's only batting .217.

Among the pitchers, Jon Meloan has won his only decision, has a 1.42 ERA and has struck out eight batters in 6.1 innings. Casey Hoorelbeke picked up his first win, has a 3.86 ERA and has fanned eight in only 4.2 innings. Brian Akins lost his only decision but was victimized by unearned runs for his ERA is 1.59. He's been wild, though, with six walks in 5.2 innings.

Danny Muegge has worked the most- eight innings with a 4.50 ERA and no decisions.

In the Hawaii Winter League, Dodger hitters are having their troubles with the exception of outfielder Xavier Paul. He's doing okay, hitting .265, has one homer and nine RBI. But second baseman Blake DeWitt is in the midst of a horrible slump, struck out four times in a recent game and is batting only .146. First baseman Cory Dunlap isn't doing much better at .192 while catcher Kenley Jansen is hitting only .143.

The two pitchers assigned to the North Shore Honu are doing better. Wesley Wright is 1-1 with a 0.82 ERA while Zach Hammes has lost his only decision but has two saves and a 3.00 ERA.

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