Mark William Ellis 14
Born June 16, 1977 Rapid City, South Dakota
Bats: Right Throws: Right 5’10″ 185 lbs.
Let’s take a look at our new second baseman for 2012. Mark Ellis was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 9th round of the 1999 MLB Draft. He played in the Royals’ farm system in 1999 and 2000 where he was an All-Star in both years. On January 8, 2001 he was involved in a three-team trade between the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Royals, and Oakland Athletics. He was sent to Oakland along with outfielder Johnny Damon from the Royals and pitcher Cory Lidle who came from the Devil Rays. The Devil Rays received Ben Grieve from the A’s, and the Royals acquired Angel Berroa and A.J. Hinch from the Athletics and Roberto Hernandez from the Devil Rays.
In 2001 Ellis played with the AAA Sacramento Wild Cats where he hit .273 with 10 homeruns in 132 games. The next season Mark made his MLB debut on April 9, 2002. He hit .272 in 98 games with 6 homeruns and 35 RBI with Oakland that season. In 2003 he hit .248 with 9 homeruns and 52 RBI in 154 games played. Ellis missed the entire 2004 season after suffering a torn labrum in his right shoulder after colliding with shortstop Bobby Crosby in a Spring Training game.
Returning in 2005, he had a very good season as the starting second baseman for the A’s. He led the team in batting average at .316, OBP .384, and slugging .477. Don’t expect those type of numbers in 2012 since he will be turning 35 in June.
Ellis is strong in the field and has great range. In 2006 he broke Bret Boone‘s single season AL record for a second baseman with a .99685 fielding percentage. He missed out on winning the Gold Glove that season to Mark Grudzielanek of the Royals. Offensively he was lackluster in 2006, and his batting average dipped back down to .249.
On June 4, 2007, Mark Ellis hit for the cycle. He was only the 6th Oakland Athletic to ever hit for the cycle in franchise history. On August 5, 2007 he continued to impress with his defensive prowess as he went 70 consecutive error-less games, tying an Athletic team record. He had a great season and finished with a .276 batting average, 19 homeruns, 76 RBI, 33 doubles, 3 triples, 84 runs, 161 hits, and 9 stolen bases.
By 2008 his shoulder was acting up again. He missed the last two months of the season, and he had surgery to fix cartilage damage in his shoulder along with fixing the torn labrum he had from the previous injury. He finished with a disappointing line of .233/.321/.373.
In 2009 Ellis managed to hit 10 homeruns in Oakland, with 61 RBI and a .263 average. The following season his average perked up a bit and ended up at .291, but he had half as many homeruns as the year prior and only 49 RBI.
In the 2011 film, Moneyball, focusing on the Oakland A’s analytical approach to economically assembling a competitive baseball team to compete with the wealthier teams in the league. The role of Mark Ellis is played by actor Brent Dohling.
On June 30, 2011 Ellis was traded to the Colorado Rockies for Bruce Billings and Eliezer Mesa. He played in 70 games for the Rockies and had 6 homeruns, 25 RBI, and a .274 average in his short time with Colorado.
On November 15,2011 Ellis was signed by the Dodgers for two years and $8.75 million with a $5.75 team option for 2014 or a $1 million buyout. Mark will surely add some defensive stability to the infield since Dee Gordon can be a bit wild sometimes. Although he is not a spring chicken, Ellis had more RBI last season than departing second baseman/shortstop Jamey Carroll did.
As a veteran, Mark has established quite a few records for Oakland and in his position as a second baseman. Mark has a .990 career fielding percentage, which is second-best in Major League history among second baseman with 750 or more games (Placido Polanco, .993). He has appeared in 962 games at second base in his career, which is an Oakland record and fourth most in Athletics history. He has also turned 653 double plays, which is second in Oakland franchise history behind Dick Green (712).
Mark and his wife Sara have three children, a son Briggs, and daughters, Adelaide and Dylan.
Mark Ellis, a great Athletic, but will he be a good Dodger?