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A. J. Ellis
Ellis with the Los Angeles Dodgers
Born: (1981-04-09) April 9, 1981 (age 43)
Cape Girardeau, Missouri, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 15, 2008, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 2018, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
Batting average.239
Home runs44
Runs batted in229

Andrew James Ellis (born April 9, 1981), is an American former professional baseball catcher who is currently a Special Assistant to the General Manager in the front office of the San Diego Padres.[1][2] Ellis played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins, and the Padres, before retiring, following the 2018 season.[3]

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High school

Ellis attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky, and was a baseball and basketball letterman as well as a sports news anchor for the school's TV production. In baseball, he was a two-time first team All-City selection. Ellis graduated in 1999. His brother is Josh Ellis.

College career

Ellis earned All-Ohio Valley Conference first-team honors all four seasons while at Austin Peay University, only the fifth player in league history to accomplish that feat. He finished his college career with a .351 batting average, and ranks as Austin Peay's all-time leader with 263 hits.[4]

Professional career

Minor Leagues

Ellis was selected by the Dodgers in the 18th round of the 2003 MLB Draft. He has played in the minors with the South Georgia Waves, Vero Beach Dodgers, Double-A Jacksonville Suns, and Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. On September 5, 2008, his contract was purchased by the Dodgers, and he made his debut on September 15.

Los Angeles Dodgers


On September 26, 2008, Ellis made his first appearance in a major league game when he pinch ran for Nomar Garciaparra in the 9th inning in a game against the San Francisco Giants. He then scored his first major league run when he was part of a two-run home run by the Dodgers' primary catcher Russell Martin. In 4 games, Ellis scored 1 run after 3 plate appearances without a hit.


In 2009, Ellis began the season as the starting catcher for the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes under the tutelage of journeyman veteran Danny Ardoin. He spent most of the season with the Isotopes and was called up to the Dodgers in September. He recorded his first Major League hit and RBI with a single in the final game of the season, on October 4, 2009, against the Colorado Rockies. In 8 games, Ellis got one hit out of 10 at-bats with an RBI.


A. J. Ellis in January 2010

After starting the 2010 season in the Minors, Ellis was recalled back up to Los Angeles when teammate Brad Ausmus went on the disabled list.[5] On June 6, Ellis had his first career walk off hit to beat the Braves 6–5 in the 11th. He appeared in 44 games with the Dodgers in 2010, hitting .278.


Ellis split the 2011 season between the Isotopes and the Dodgers. He was in 59 games for Albuquerque, hitting .304 and in 31 games for the Dodgers, hitting .271. On August 24, 2011, he hit his first career home run off Jaime García of the St. Louis Cardinals.


Ellis became the Dodgers regular starting catcher in 2012. He started the season strong, earning praise from Dodger manager Don Mattingly for his ability to work the count and for his high on-base percentage, as well as his solid defense.[6] He wound up hitting .270 in 133 games for the Dodgers, with 13 home runs and 52 RBI while leading the team in walks with 65.


Ellis returned as the Dodgers starting catcher in 2013, hitting .238 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI. His solo homer on September 19 against the Arizona Diamondbacks was the run that clinched the National League West title for the Dodgers.[7] He also received significant Gold Glove Award consideration for the catcher position (later won by Yadier Molina). He threw out over 50% of runners that tried to steal on him in the season.


On September 19, Ellis homered twice in support of Clayton Kershaw's 20th victory. This pitch was the second one.

On April 5, 2014, Ellis suffered a knee injury when sliding home. He underwent left knee surgery to debride the meniscus on April 7, 2014, a similar surgery he had during the 2012-13 off-season.[8][9] Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a clause to miss 4–6 weeks. Ellis caught Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter on June 18, 2014. Ellis struggled with the bat, hitting only .191 in 93 games, with only 3 home runs and 25 RBIs.


Ellis and the Dodgers avoided salary arbitration on January 13, 2014, agreeing to a one-year, $4.25 million contract for the 2015 season.[10] Ellis lost his starting job to newly acquired Yasmani Grandal and was relegated to backup duties for 2015, particularly as Kershaw's personal catcher. He played in 63 games and hit .238 with 7 homers and 21 RBI. Ellis singled in game one of the 2015 National League Division Series, extending his post-season hitting streak to 11 games, tying Carl Crawford for the franchise record.[11] He singled again in game four (the next game he played) to pass Crawford for the franchise record.[12] After the season, the Dodgers re-signed him to a one-year, $4.5 million, contract, buying out his final year of salary arbitration.[13]


Ellis hit only .194 in 53 games with the Dodgers in 2016, with his playing time declining after Kershaw was placed on the disabled list at midseason.

Philadelphia Phillies

Ellis was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on August 25, 2016 (along with Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later, who later turned out to be Joey Curletta) for Carlos Ruiz and cash.[14] He played in 11 games for the Phillies, hitting .313 with 1 HR and 9 RBI. He elected free agency after the season.

Miami Marlins

On December 12, 2016, Ellis signed a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins.[15] As the backup to J. T. Realmuto, he appeared in 51 games, hitting .210 with 6 HR and 14 RBI. He was granted free agency on November 2.

San Diego Padres

Ellis during his tenure with the San Diego Padres in 2018

On February 14, 2018, Ellis signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres.[16] Ellis's contract was purchased by the Padres on March 28, 2018, and he was assigned to the Opening Day roster.[17] Ellis posted a .272/.378/.344/.722 batting line with one home run and 15 RBI over 66 games, in what would be his final major league season.

Career statistics

In 672 games, Ellis posted a .239 batting average (466-for-1948) with 194 runs, 44 home runs, 229 RBI and 280 bases on balls. Excellent defensively, he recorded a .997 fielding percentage, committing only 16 errors in 5031 total chances. In 17 postseason games, he hit .365 (19-for-52) with 7 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 5 RBI and 7 walks.[3]

Front office career

On February 11, 2019, Ellis re-joined the Padres organization in the front office role of special assistant to the baseball operations department.[1] On January 30, 2024, it was announced that Ellis would assume a role that will see him interact with the MLB team and minor league affiliates as an assistant.[18]


  1. ^ a b Cassavell, AJ (February 11, 2019). "A.J. Ellis joins Padres as special assistant". Major League Baseball. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "Padres Front Office Directory (Andrew Ellis)". Major League Baseball. 2019. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "A.J. Ellis Stats". Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  4. ^ 2009 Los Angeles Dodgers media guide
  5. ^ Jackson, Tony (April 10, 2010). "Prospect Ellis recalled". Archived from the original on April 13, 2010. Retrieved April 10, 2010.
  6. ^ "A.J. Ellis impressing Mattingly with defense". Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  7. ^ "Dodgers complete turnaround, win NL West on A.J. Ellis homer, 7-6". LA Times. September 19, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  8. ^ Saxon, Mark (April 9, 2014). "Catcher A.J. Ellis has knee surgery". Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  9. ^ Dilbeck, Steve (October 8, 2012). "A.J. Ellis has knee surgery, expected to start rehab next week". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  10. ^ "Dodgers, AJ Ellis agree to $4.25 million, 1-year deal". Associated Press. January 13, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  11. ^ DiComo, Anthony and Ken Gurnick (October 10, 2015). "Kershaw fans 11 but LA falls short in Game 1". Archived from the original on October 9, 2017. Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  12. ^ DiComo, Anthony and Ken Gurnick (October 13, 2015). "Ace mode: Kershaw quiets Mets, evens NLDS". Archived from the original on October 15, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  13. ^ Stephen, Eric (December 2, 2015). "A.J. Ellis signs 1-year, $4.5 million deal with Dodgers, avoiding arbitration and will continue to catch the majority of Clayton Kershaws starts". SB Nation. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  14. ^ Weisman, Jon (August 25, 2016). "A.J. Ellis heads to Phillies in Carlos Ruiz trade". Archived from the original on August 26, 2016. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  15. ^ Frisaro, Joe (December 12, 2016). "Marlins announce deals with Locke, Ellis, McGowan". Archived from the original on December 13, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  16. ^ "Padres' A.J. Ellis: Inks deal with Padres". February 14, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  17. ^ "Padres' A.J. Ellis: Contract purchased by Padres". Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "Padres Hire Craig Stammen For Player Development Role". Retrieved March 1, 2024.

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