Chris Ellis (baseball)

Christopher John Ellis (born September 22, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals.

Chris Ellis
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Ellis with the Memphis Redbirds in 2018
St. Louis Cardinals
Born: (1992-09-22) September 22, 1992 (age 27)
Birmingham, Alabama
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
March 31, 2019, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average0.00



Ellis was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 50th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft out of Spain Park High School in Hoover, Alabama.[1] He did not sign with the Dodgers and attended the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) to play college baseball. In 2013, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[2]

Los Angeles AngelsEdit

Ellis was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the third round of the 2014 MLB Draft.[3][4] He signed and made his professional debut with the Orem Owlz where he pitched to a 6.89 earned run average (ERA) in ​15 23 innings pitched.[5] Ellis started 2015 with the Inland Empire 66ers, and after going 4–5 with a 3.88 ERA in 11 games, was promoted to the Arkansas Travelers, where he finished the season, posting a 7–4 win-loss record and 3.92 ERA in 15 games.[6][7]

Atlanta BravesEdit

On November 12, 2015, the Angels traded Ellis, Sean Newcomb, Erick Aybar and cash to the Atlanta Braves for Andrelton Simmons and José Briceño.[8][9] Ellis was assigned to the Mississippi Braves to start the 2016 season, and promoted to the Gwinnett Braves in June.[10][11] Ellis ended 2016 with a combined 12–9 record and 4.49 ERA in 28 total games started between both clubs.[12] After the 2016 season, the Braves assigned Ellis to the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League.

St. Louis CardinalsEdit

On December 1, 2016, the Braves traded Ellis, John Gant, and Luke Dykstra to the St. Louis Cardinals for Jaime García.[13] Ellis spent 2017 with both the Springfield Cardinals and Memphis Redbirds, posting a combined 7–12 record with a 5.29 ERA in 30 games (22 starts) between both teams.[14] He returned to Springfield to begin the 2018 season and was promoted to Memphis during the season. In 31 games (21 starts) between the two clubs, Ellis compiled a 10–4 record with a 3.93 ERA.[15]

Kansas City RoyalsEdit

The Texas Rangers selected Ellis in the 2018 Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Kansas City Royals.[16] Ellis made the Royals' Opening Day roster.[17] He made his major league debut on March 31, 2019 versus the Chicago White Sox, recording one scoreless inning of relief.[18] On April 3, 2019, Ellis was designated for assignment.[19]

Second Stint with CardinalsEdit

The Royals returned Ellis to the Cardinals on April 9.[20]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hallman, Wesley (June 8, 2011). "Jag taken in final round of MLB draft". Shelby County Reporter. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  2. ^ "Chris Ellis - Profile". Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  3. ^ Inabinett, Mark (June 6, 2014). "Former Spain Park pitcher goes to Angels in baseball draft". Birmingham News. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  4. ^ Kellenberger, Hugh (June 6, 2014). "Ole Miss' Chris Ellis goes in third round of MLB Draft". Clarion Ledger. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  5. ^ Inabinett, Mark (July 6, 2014). "MLB Draft's in-state picks get their first pro assignments after signing contracts". The Birmingham News. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  6. ^ Glaser, Kyle (June 4, 2015). "66ers pitcher Chris Ellis no longer holding back, and has stronger numbers to show for it". Orange County Register. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  7. ^ Emrick, Robert (June 12, 2015). "Ellis shines in debut for Travelers". Archived from the original on June 12, 2015. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "Braves deal Andrelton Simmons to Angels for Erick Aybar in SS swap". November 12, 2015.
  9. ^ McCartney, Cory (December 21, 2015). "For prospect Ellis, connection to Braves runs deep". Fox Sports. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  10. ^ Black, Miranda (April 8, 2016). "Ellis, Albies lead M-Braves to victory". Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  11. ^ "Chris Ellis roughed up in Triple-A debut". Atlanta Journal Constitution. June 18, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  12. ^ "Chris Ellis Stats, Highlights, Bio – Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  13. ^ Bowman, Mark (January 20, 2016). "Braves trade for pitcher Jaime García |". Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  14. ^ "Chris Ellis Stats, Highlights, Bio – Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  15. ^ "Chris Ellis Stats, Highlights, Bio – Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  16. ^ Flanagan, Jeffrey (December 13, 2018). "Royals take Sam McWilliams, Chris Ellis Rule 5". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  17. ^ "Frank Schwindel, Kyle Zimmer on Royals' opening day roster | The Kansas City Star". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  18. ^ "Kansas City Royals box score 3/31/19". Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  19. ^ "Royals Select Homer Bailey, Designate Chris Ellis". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  20. ^ Staff Report (April 9, 2019). "Cardinals get former Rule 5 pick Chris Ellis back from Royals". Fox Sports Midwest. Retrieved April 9, 2019.

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