Prospect Report: Jason Ellison

Jason Ellison has been one of the top prospects in the Giants' farm system. Being capable of outfield defense and being a player who can hit, many believe that it's only a matter of time before Ellison earns a permanent spot on a major league team, and many more hope to see this young talent play for the Giants soon.

If anyone's close to having a permanent job in the big leagues in the Giants' farm system, it would have to be Jason Ellison. Ellison did have a brief stint with the Giants in 2003, being brought up in place of some injured players. He played in seven games and made two starts, where he collected one hit in ten at-bats.

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.

Quick Stats:
College: Lewis & Clark State College Positon: Center Field Height: 5'10" Weight: 180 Birthdate: 04/04/1978 Birthplace: Quincy, CA

YEAR
TEAM
AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
SB
CS
BB
SO
HBP
SH
SF
GDP
SLG
OBP
OPS
2000
Salem-Keizer
.300
74
300
67
90
15
2
0
28
13
 
29
45
 
 
 
 
.363
 
 
2001
Hagerstown
.291
130
494
95
144
38
3
8
55
19
 
71
68
 
 
 
 
.429
 
 
2002
San Jose Giants
.270
81
322
40
87
13
0
5
40
9
9
25
37
2
4
2
10
.357
.325
682
2002
Fresno Grizzlies
.311
49
196
31
61
8
1
3
8
16
3
21
28
4
0
0
4
.408
.389
797
2003
Fresno Grizzlies
.295
119
461
74
136
22
4
6
39
21
13
39
52
6
6
3
7
.399
.356
755
2003
San Francisco Giants
.100
7
10
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
.100
.100
200

Defense: Good
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.

Offense: Average
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.

Speed: Excellent
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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