Originally posted on The Flagrant Fan  |  Last updated 6/2/12
Baseball is a game that is about talent rising to the top. Players start (usually) in the minors and work their way to the majors. If they are talented enough and produce consistently, they stay in the big leagues and have enjoyable and profitable careers. But sometimes luck is a factor and a lot of really talented players just never get the shot they deserve. Case in point is A.J. Ellis, who at the age of 31 is finally getting a full time shot as a major league catcher. And boy is he doing well. So what took Ellis so long to make it? You would think that A.J. Ellis was a saber-centric front office dream. He wasn't highly drafted and wasn't picked until the 16th Round of the 2003 draft by the Dodgers. He played nine years in the minors including 59 games last year. His minor league career on-base percentage is a mighty impressive .406. As impressive as that is, even more so is that in 251 career games at the Triple-A level, Ellis had the following triple slash line: .310/.441...
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