Latest Update Padres asked about A.J. Ellis' availability in the Kemp deal Fri Dec, 12, 09:32 AM
Athletic, he's an excellent defensive backstop. Is extremely patient as a hitter and has the tools to post an excellent on-base percentage, a good batting average and solid RBI totals.
Flaws: : For a big guy (6-3, 220 pounds), he doesn't display that much power at the plate. Needs to put it all together as a hitter at the big-league level, since he lacks consistency.
Either the Dodgers have plan to deal Ellis elsewhere or they want to split the work between him and Yasmani Grandal this season. The team has done plenty of wheeling and dealing so there's no reason to expect them to sit on their hands unless that's the next phase in the plan.Analyst: Howard Bender
Ellis is not known for his bat after hitting just .191 with three home runs in 93 games for the Dodgers this season. It is unlikely for him to continue this type of offensive output going forward, but the Dodgers would certainly welcome it if he does. Analyst: Jonathan Impemba
This is a routine night of rest of the Dodgers primary backstop. Drew Butera will catch and bat eighth for Los Angeles Friday night.Analyst: David Kerr
Having caught six of the last seven games, Ellis is just getting another day to rest up. It's a big week for the Dodgers and he's going to need everything he's got for the upcoming series against the Giants. Drew Butera will catch Roberto Hernandez on Saturday.Analyst: Howard Bender