While attending Lewis & Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, Ellison played in two NAIA national championship teams in 1999 and 2000. He was also named MVP of the 1999 NAIA World Series. Because he had so much potential, Ellison made a jump from single-A ball to triple-A in the middle of the 2002 season. He has been compared many times to fellow alumni, Marvin Benard, who he was called up to replace in 2003, ironically.
Don't let his size deceive you. In April of 2003, this 5'10" outfielder won Fresno's Player of the Month, while leading the Grizzlies with twenty-one stolen bases. Ellison hit .295 with twenty-two doubles, four triples, six jacks, and thirty-nine RBIs. Being drafted in one of the lower round draft picks, the twenty-second round, every bit of Ellison's 180lbs is making him a real Giant.
Overall in his career, Ellison's career average is .292, including seventy-eight stolen bases. As long as this Ellison continues working and playing hard, there is no doubt that this young talent will make the majors for good in no time.
College: Lewis & Clark State College Positon: Center Field Height: 5'10" Weight: 180 Birthdate: 04/04/1978 Birthplace: Quincy, CA
Because of his speed, Ellison has the ability to catch up to any ball hit towards him. He also has a decent throwing arm, and always hustles on defense, which will earn him more recognition quicker.
Being able to hit in the majors is not an easy thing to learn. Ellison is approaching those capabilities, but still admits that hitting is one of his weaknesses. He is always working on his swing, and during his brief stay in the majors last season, mentioned that Giants' center fielder, Marquis Grissom, helped Ellison with his swing.
Ellison has seventy-eight career stolen bases, and counting. He ranks second among all players in the Giants' farm system with forty-six steals in the past two seasons.
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