Saturday, December 24, 2016

2016 Player Review: A.J. Ellis

Editor's Note: This is the 11th in a series of looks at the men who suited up for the 2016 Philadelphia Phillies. Zach Eflin was the last player profiled. 

After spending nine seasons in Los Angeles, and being in the middle of a playoff race, it made sense that A.J. Ellis didn't want to come to Philadelphia in the Carlos Ruiz trade.
But he came. He saw. He kicked ass. And now he's gone.

Else arrived after putting up a career worst line of .194/.285/.252. In 11 games in Philly - small sample size warning - he hit .313/.371/.500.

There was talk the Phillies might bring him back. That talk didn't make sense to me. With two prospects - Andrew Knapp and Jorge Alfaro - knocking at the door, one of them had to start the season in the big leagues or be traded this winter.  I didn't see how the Phillies would carry a catcher other than Rupp and Knapp on the roster out of spring training, unless Knapp scuffled mightily and Alfaro tore the cover off the ball in Clearwater.

Well, Ellis' resurgence earned him a 1-year 2.5 million deal, according to Buster Olney. 

2016 grade: A
Will he be back in 2017: Nope


GM-Carson said...

I'm rooting for Knapp outta spring training.

rslitman said...

I like Knapp because he's homegrown. I like Alfaro because he is a prospect who came in a trade in which the Phillies gave up a star player.

Bob D said...

Knapp will likely be given the opportunity to split time with Rupp at catcher and maybe an occasional start at first base. This will give Alfaro time to work on things in AAA. If all goes well by July Alfaro, Knapp, and Rupp will all be playing good and Klentak could entertain trade options (presumably with Rupp)