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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 33)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
3 .237 0 0 0 0 .258 0.0
Birth Date4-9-1981
Height6' 3"
Weight220 lbs
Age33 years, 6 months, 14 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.52010
0.62011
3.72012
2.32013
-0.22014
+proj
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 LAN 27 4 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -.005 -0.7 -0.0 -0.1
2009 LAN 28 8 10 10 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .100 .100 .100 .068 -1.6 -0.0 -0.2
2010 LAN 29 44 128 108 6 30 5 0 0 35 14 18 1 1 4 16 0 0 .278 .363 .324 .267 4.6 -0.1 0.5
2011 LAN 30 31 103 85 8 23 1 1 2 32 14 16 3 0 1 11 0 1 .271 .392 .376 .290 5.9 -0.2 0.6
2012 LAN 31 133 505 423 44 114 20 1 13 175 65 107 7 4 6 52 0 0 .270 .373 .414 .288 35.4 -0.0 3.7
2013 LAN 32 115 448 390 43 93 17 1 10 142 45 78 3 6 4 52 0 2 .238 .318 .364 .265 22.4 -1.3 2.3
2014 LAN 33 93 347 283 21 54 9 0 3 72 53 57 4 4 3 25 0 0 .191 .323 .254 .227 -0.6 -1.2 -0.2
Career428154413021233155232845719127918151815703.242.343.351.26465.4-2.96.7

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2003 SGA A 3 7 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 VRO A+ 40 141 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .247 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 VRO A+ 57 206 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .284 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 JAX AA 81 314 .267 .257 .327 .377 .254 .312 100 1.7 6.0 3.7 1.7 -0.4 13.7 1.6 13.4 1.6
2007 JAX AA 109 430 .284 .262 .336 .391 .267 .304 91 11 12.5 7.3 -0.0 -0.7 35.3 3.6 34.7 3.5
2008 LAN MLB 4 3 -.005 .221 .293 .316 .218 .000 95 -0.9 0.1 0.1 -0.0 0.0 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2008 LVG AAA 84 337 .282 .283 .352 .451 .263 .368 120 8.3 10.2 6.1 -0.3 -2.6 26.4 2.5 26.4 2.5
2009 LAN MLB 8 10 .068 .259 .344 .384 .258 .111 88 -2.1 0.3 0.2 -0.0 0.0 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
2009 ABQ AAA 90 360 .283 .272 .338 .411 .276 .366 103 8.8 10.4 5.9 2.2 -0.3 25.9 2.8 25.9 2.8
2010 LAN MLB 44 128 .267 .255 .326 .403 .264 .330 89 0.9 3.5 2.1 -0.1 -1.8 4.6 0.5 4.6 0.5
2010 ABQ AAA 18 76 .248 .268 .337 .414 .258 .320 131 -1 2.3 1.4 0.6 -0.6 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2011 LAN MLB 31 103 .290 .261 .324 .404 .267 .313 91 3.1 2.8 1.7 -0.2 -1.0 5.9 0.6 5.9 0.6
2011 ABQ AAA 59 248 .297 .281 .352 .436 .266 .338 116 10.7 7.7 4.2 -0.9 -1.0 16.9 1.5 16.9 1.5
2012 LAN MLB 133 505 .288 .254 .314 .402 .259 .329 93 14.2 13.8 8.4 -0.0 -2.9 35.4 3.7 35.4 3.7
2013 LAN MLB 115 448 .265 .254 .313 .397 .258 .269 99 2.2 11.8 7.1 -1.3 -0.6 22.4 2.3 22.4 2.3
2013 RCU A+ 2 7 -.019 .259 .305 .432 .260 .000 88 -2.1 0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -2.1 -0.2 -2.1 -0.2
2014 LAN MLB 93 347 .227 .256 .312 .397 .262 .225 97 -10.8 8.9 5.4 -1.2 -4.1 -0.6 -0.2 -0.6 -0.2
2014 ABQ AAA 2 6 .399 .279 .379 .487 .292 .333 106 0.9 0.2 0.1 -0.0 -0.0 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2003 SGA A 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .143 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 VRO A+ 141 15 25 4 0 2 22 24 20 1 0 .219 .357 .307 .088 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 VRO A+ 206 27 45 8 0 3 22 22 26 1 3 .256 .356 .352 .097 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 JAX AA 314 34 63 9 1 0 21 53 53 2 0 .250 .383 .294 .044 .267 13.4 1.7 1.6
2007 JAX AA 430 59 96 22 2 8 57 60 61 1 4 .269 .385 .409 .140 .284 34.7 -0.0 3.5
2008 LVG AAA 337 44 88 17 4 4 59 50 44 0 2 .321 .437 .456 .135 .282 26.4 -0.3 2.5
2008 LAN MLB 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.005 -0.7 -0.0 -0.1
2009 LAN MLB 10 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .100 .100 .100 .000 .068 -1.6 -0.0 -0.2
2009 ABQ AAA 360 48 89 13 2 0 39 64 44 2 2 .314 .441 .375 .060 .283 25.9 2.2 2.8
2010 ABQ AAA 76 11 16 5 1 0 7 13 12 1 0 .262 .395 .377 .115 .248 2.7 0.6 0.3
2010 LAN MLB 128 6 30 5 0 0 16 14 18 0 0 .278 .363 .324 .046 .267 4.6 -0.1 0.5
2011 LAN MLB 103 8 23 1 1 2 11 14 16 0 1 .271 .392 .376 .106 .290 5.9 -0.2 0.6
2011 ABQ AAA 248 36 56 15 0 2 28 50 23 0 1 .304 .467 .418 .114 .297 16.9 -0.9 1.5
2012 LAN MLB 505 44 114 20 1 13 52 65 107 0 0 .270 .373 .414 .144 .288 35.4 -0.0 3.7
2013 RCU A+ 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.019 -2.1 0.0 -0.2
2013 LAN MLB 448 43 93 17 1 10 52 45 78 0 2 .238 .318 .364 .126 .265 22.4 -1.3 2.3
2014 ABQ AAA 6 1 2 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 1 .400 .500 1.000 .600 .399 1.7 -0.0 0.2
2014 LAN MLB 347 21 54 9 0 3 25 53 57 0 0 .191 .323 .254 .064 .227 -0.6 -1.2 -0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 17 0.5294 0.2941 0.8000 0.2222 0.3750 1.0000 0.6667 0.2000
2009 40 0.4250 0.3750 0.8667 0.4118 0.3478 0.7143 1.0000 0.1333
2010 498 0.5241 0.3775 0.8670 0.5057 0.2363 0.9470 0.6786 0.1223
2011 464 0.5086 0.3599 0.8862 0.5381 0.1754 0.9370 0.7250 0.1138
2012 2209 0.5274 0.3725 0.8285 0.5004 0.2289 0.8834 0.6946 0.1703
2013 1954 0.5374 0.3753 0.8581 0.5219 0.2046 0.8996 0.7351 0.1392
2014 1407 0.5402 0.3737 0.8419 0.5342 0.1839 0.8867 0.6891 0.1581
Career65890.53090.37290.84730.51580.210.89680.70810.1507

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-02 2014-08-04 DTD 2 2 Right Knee Soreness -
2014-05-25 2014-06-13 15-DL 19 18 Right Ankle Sprain -
2014-04-06 2014-05-14 15-DL 38 34 Left Knee Surgery Meniscus - -
2014-02-27 2014-02-28 Camp 1 0 - General Medical Illness Flu - -
2013-05-30 2013-06-14 15-DL 15 14 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2012-10-05 2012-10-05 Off 0 0 Left Knee Surgery Meniscus 2012-10-05 -
2012-07-19 2012-07-22 DTD 3 2 Left Knee Soreness - -
2012-04-04 2012-04-07 DTD 3 2 Left Elbow Contusion - -
2003-04-12 2003-09-05 Minors 146 0 Left Hand Fracture - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 LAN $
2014 LAN $3,550,000
2013 LAN $2,000,000
2012 LAN $490,000
2011 LAN $421,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$2,911,000
2011Current$3,550,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$6,461,000
4 yrTotal$6,461,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 151 dLevinsons ACES1 year/3.55M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$3.55M (2014). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/1/14 (avoided arbitration, $4.6M-$3M). Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 110, 115 starts and 450 plate appearances.
  • 1 year/$2M (2013). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2012). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.421M (2011). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/6/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by LA Dodgers 9/3/08.
  • Drafted by LA Dodgers 2003 (18-541) (Austin Peay).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 557 62 131 22 1 10 60 76 97 1 1 .280 .383 .398 .296 33.8 C 0 3.7
80o 540 58 122 21 1 9 56 71 96 1 1 .268 .369 .381 .285 27.0 C 0 2.9
70o 528 55 116 20 1 9 54 67 96 1 1 .260 .358 .368 .277 22.3 C 0 2.4
60o 517 52 111 19 1 8 52 64 95 1 1 .252 .349 .358 .270 18.5 C 0 2.0
50o 507 50 106 18 1 8 50 62 94 1 1 .245 .341 .348 .263 15.1 C 0 1.6
40o 497 48 102 17 1 8 48 59 94 1 1 .239 .333 .338 .257 11.7 C 0 1.3
30o 486 46 96 16 1 7 46 56 93 1 1 .231 .324 .328 .250 8.3 C 0 0.9
20o 474 43 92 16 1 7 44 53 92 1 1 .223 .314 .316 .242 4.5 C 0 0.5
10o 457 40 84 14 1 6 41 49 91 0 1 .212 .299 .299 .231 -0.6 C 0 -0.1
Weighted Mean50951107181850629411.247.343.350.26515.8C 01.7

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 31% 8% 16% 82%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201534482539317064054940.224.317.311.2380.32.8-1.42.514.3-12.6-0.1
20163558064111190647691150.225.325.304.2400.44.1-1.72.814.9-12.0-0.1
20173661368117191851751210.225.326.309.2420.65.3-1.82.814.9-10.7-0.1
20183762367119201648741280.221.320.294.2340.00.3-1.82.714.9-15.5-0.1
20193863765114211445761330.209.309.272.225-0.6-5.2-1.82.614.9-20.9-0.1
20203963666118201446751340.217.317.281.229-0.3-2.9-1.82.414.9-18.5-0.1
202140454478013133255950.207.309.269.223-0.8-7.0-1.31.614.9-22.2-0.1
20224162965116191445711340.215.311.279.227-0.5-4.7-1.82.014.9-19.9-0.1
20234227528529022031590.217.310.279.225-0.4-3.5-0.80.89.0-12.5-0.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
2394.95.82.11.944.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 70)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 77 Matt Treanor 2009 -.029
2 77 Nick Johnson 2012 .250
3 77 Wiki Gonzalez 2007 .000 DNP
4 76 Josh Bard 2011 .225
5 76 Miguel Ojeda 2008 .000 DNP
6 75 Carlos Ruiz 2012 .324
7 75 John Olerud 2002 .320
8 74 Ryan Spilborghs 2013 .000 DNP
9 73 Don Kelly 2013 .252
10 73 Gary Carter 1987 .237
11 73 Kevin Mench 2011 .000 DNP
12 73 Brian Schneider 2010 .258
13 73 Willie Harris 2011 .255
14 72 Esteban German 2011 .512
15 72 Ferris Fain 1954 .301
16 72 Dan Driessen 1985 .250
17 72 Keith Hernandez 1987 .291
18 72 Ted Simmons 1983 .291
19 72 Ramon Hernandez 2009 .244
20 72 Sherm Lollar 1958 .298
21 71 Doug Mientkiewicz 2007 .269
22 71 Smoky Burgess 1960 .291
23 71 Will Clark 1997 .295
24 71 Kent Hrbek 1993 .282
25 71 Chad Tracy 2013 .209
26 71 Rusty Staub 1977 .268
27 71 Elmer Valo 1954 .258
28 71 Mark Grace 1997 .295
29 71 Norm Siebern 1967 .238
30 70 Jose Vidro 2008 .230
31 70 Jeff DaVanon 2007 .224
32 70 Rocky Colavito 1967 .269
33 70 Andy Phillips 2010 .000 DNP
34 70 Joe Inglett 2011 .175
35 70 Kosuke Fukudome 2010 .291
36 70 Wally Moon 1963 .273
37 70 Roy White 1977 .283
38 70 Yogi Berra 1958 .283
39 70 Pete Rose 1974 .296
40 70 Mike Hargrove 1983 .286
41 70 Lyle Overbay 2010 .262
42 70 Bill Freehan 1975 .252
43 70 Jerry Hairston 1985 .282
44 69 Joe Dillon 2009 .271
45 69 Barry Larkin 1997 .313
46 69 Ed Bailey 1964 .265
47 69 Brian Downing 1984 .298
48 69 Toby Harrah 1982 .315
49 69 Daryle Ward 2008 .246
50 69 Erubiel Durazo 2007 .000 DNP
51 69 Gary Roenicke 1988 .208
52 69 Junior Spivey 2008 .000 DNP
53 69 Gerald Laird 2013 .280
54 69 Earl Battey 1968 .000 DNP
55 69 David DeJesus 2013 .269
56 69 Kenji Johjima 2009 .241
57 69 Hal McRae 1979 .293
58 69 Sean Casey 2008 .255
59 69 D'Angelo Jimenez 2011 .000 DNP
60 69 Len Dykstra 1996 .281
61 69 Floyd Robinson 1969 .000 DNP
62 69 Hideki Matsui 2007 .299
63 69 Austin Kearns 2013 .186
64 69 Jack Hannahan 2013 .217
65 69 Rusty Greer 2002 .248
66 69 Yorvit Torrealba 2012 .234
67 69 Luis Gonzalez 2001 .354
68 69 Eric Munson 2011 .000 DNP
69 69 Randy Milligan 1995 .000 DNP
70 69 Bill Madlock 1984 .232
71 69 Buddy Bell 1985 .242
72 68 Mike Sweeney 2007 .252
73 68 Gene Woodling 1956 .288
74 68 Aubrey Huff 2010 .327
75 68 Trot Nixon 2007 .242
76 68 Brian Roberts 2011 .214
77 68 Keith Ginter 2009 .000 DNP
78 68 Joe Cunningham 1965 .277
79 68 Eddie Murray 1989 .277
80 68 David Justice 1999 .292
81 68 Orlando Hudson 2011 .259
82 68 Frank Catalanotto 2007 .274
83 68 Craig Biggio 1999 .290
84 68 Luis Rodriguez 2013 .000 DNP
85 68 Tim Raines 1993 .311
86 68 Shannon Stewart 2007 .260
87 68 Merv Rettenmund 1976 .274
88 68 Wally Joyner 1995 .294
89 68 Gates Brown 1972 .256
90 68 Jody Gerut 2011 .000 DNP
91 68 Minnie Minoso 1959 .301
92 68 Chone Figgins 2011 .198
93 68 Don Baylor 1982 .273
94 68 Norm Cash 1968 .311
95 68 Del Crandall 1963 .197
96 68 Sal Bando 1977 .266
97 68 Johnny Damon 2007 .269
98 68 Dale Mitchell 1955 .229
99 68 Dave Hansen 2002 .273
100 68 Jason Kendall 2007 .221

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .216 .341 .357 .271
11 vs R (Multi) .261 .339 .387 .274
18 Split (Multi) .045 -.002 .030 .003
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .200 .330 .341 .267
31 vs R (2013) .249 .314 .370 .265
38 Split (2013) .049 -.016 .029 -.002
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 The Dodgers' decision to let Rod Barajas walk—something he himself is unaccustomed to, of course—opened the door for Ellis to become a major-league regular for the first time at age 31, and the decision paid off handsomely. He flashed newfound power and showed that his walk rate wasn't entirely a function of batting in front of the pitcher, drawing unintentional passes in 8.7 percent of his PA batting eighth, 14.5 percent elsewhere. Unfortunately, Don Mattingly squandered that revelation by keeping him at the bottom of the lineup two-thirds of the time. Ellis did fade late in the season, and underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, but it's clear he's a keeper, one who should be under club control for most of his remaining shelf life.
2012 Ellis renewed his membership in the International Brotherhood of Backup Catchers, but even with Russell Martin's non-tender and Dioner Navarro's injuries and ineffectiveness, he found playing time hard to come by. When he did play, he gave the Dodgers more of what they've come to expect, namely solid on-base skills that are less valuable when he bats eighth, a minimum of pop, zero speed, and sound defense (27 percent caught stealing, in all of 15 attempts). With Rod Barajas gone and Tim Federowicz quite underseasoned, the Dodgers appear ready to grant Ellis a larger share of playing time; he offers nothing fancy, but he won't be a detriment.
2011 This 18th-round pick in 2003 beat the bushes long enough to develop solid on-base skills despite a lack of power, so Ellis's overdue induction into the International Brotherhood of Backup Catchers made for a silver lining when Brad Ausmus and eventually Russell Martin got hurt. He threw out 28 percent of base thieves, dutifully took the walks that came with batting ahead of the pitcher, glaciated around the basepaths, and scored fewer runs per time on base than all but two hitters with at least 100 plate appearances. Even without Martin, the Dodgers need look no further for their starter's caddy, though it appears Ellis will have to battle Dioner Navarro for the "honor" of backing up Rod Barajas.
2010 Just as a man who shows up at a barbershop every day will eventually wind up with a haircut, Ellis has hung around the high minors long enough to develop solid on-base skills despite a lack of power, though his OBP is boosted considerably by batting eighth in front of pitchers. The only non-converted catcher on the roster, he's well-regarded defensively, and threw out 29 percent of basestealers last season. Whatever major-league future he's got likely lies elsewhere, as Joe Torre prefers his backup catchers in the salty veteran flavor.
2009 At 28, A.J. Ellis is more suspect than prospect, but the defensively sound backstop (43 percent caught stealing) is on the 40-man roster, so they may as well give him a shot at the backup job, particularly in light of his improved hitting.
2008 A defensively sound backstop who's made glacial progress up the organizational ladder, A.J. Ellis outslugged his OBP last year for the first time as a professional

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome to the chat room! Got any idea why the Cardinals found it necessary to defenestrate George Kottaras so quickly as Yadier Molina stand-in? Is he THAT bad at catcher defense? Supporting evidence?
(Bill from New Mexico)
Yeah, he is. In 2013 he put up -33 runs per 7000 pitches. That's really bad. Worse than Salty, and worse than A.J. Ellis (who admits he's a terrible framer). (Noah Woodward)
2012-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)He's got a career .882 ops in the minors and as a SS. He doesn't seem to get a lot of love but plate discipline always translates so well(the reason AJ Ellis has been immediately succesful imo) and he's got tons of it.
(Derek from LA)
I'm lost. Who does?

A.J. Ellis is fun. Pretend for a second that small samples and arbitrary endpoints/playing time thresholds aren't things, because I want to mention this stat and don't want you to make fun of me: Ellis has the second-highest OBP (.383) among catchers since 2008, min. 300 PA. (Ben Lindbergh)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2008 69 -1 -0.2 -18.0 44 -0.0 -0.0 -0.8 -0.2 -18.8
2009 273 0 0.1 2.8 145 -0.1 -0.0 -0.7 0.1 2.1
2010 2760 -60 -7.7 -19.6 1597 -0.6 -0.2 -0.7 -7.9 -20.4
2011 1959 -39 -5.5 -19.6 999 -0.6 -0.2 -1.2 -5.7 -20.8
2012 9945 -90 -11.2 -7.9 5476 3.7 1.0 1.3 -10.2 -6.6
2013 8266 -34 -5.5 -4.6 4513 -2.0 -0.4 -0.7 -5.9 -5.3
2014 6470 -67 -14.2 -15.4 3455 -9.5 -2.7 -5.4 -16.9 -20.8
total 29742 -295 -44.2 -10.4 16229 -8.9 -2.4 -1.0 -46.6 -11.4

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