Drew Ellis

Position: 3B
Level: AFL
Affiliate: Salt River Rafters
League: Arizona Fall League
Born: 12/01/1995 (Age: 22)
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 210
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 2nd Rd., 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft (ARI)

Prospect Spotlight

NOTES FROM THE FIELD, ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE: 

  • Large, broad build; prototype corner size and strength; limited athlete, slow-twitch guy.
  • Loose hands with natural leverage in swing, ball jumps off the barrel when squared. Strong but not fast through the zone, doesn’t adjust well to off-speed and can be beaten away with velocity. Don’t see tools of a high average hitter, needs a power+patience approach.
  • Above-avg raw, easy loft and carry to pullside. Hits his pitch a long way and can put the ball out of the park in games. 
  • Below-avg runner, not a part of his game, won’t offer value on the bases.
  • Makes routine plays with fringy actions and hands; heavy defensive stride, limited lateral agility, challenged on range plays; will need to work to remain at 3B and think it’s likely he winds up a 1B-only.
  • Playable arm at 3B that will come into the equation less if he has to move across the infield. 

SUMMARY: Size and power potential make him a prospect, don’t see enough bat for regular playing time if he moves off 3B. Profiles as a platoon regular who hits for power against LHPs and moves between corner positions.