clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Christopher Ellis Pitches One-Hitter Against Lake Elsinore Storm

New, comments

The Angels' third-round pick in the 2014 draft, Chris Ellis, pitched a one-hit shutout in the first game of a seven-inning double header for the Class A Advanced Inland Empire 66ers.

Chris Ellis in his Rebel days. Now hurling for your IE 66ers.
Chris Ellis in his Rebel days. Now hurling for your IE 66ers.
Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, it was only seven innings, and Lake Elsinore is a pitcher's park in a hitter's league (making its environment roughly neutral in the larger context of all minor league ballparks), but it's still a fine achievement nonetheless. Christopher Ellis took a no-hitter into the seventh, finally surrendering a one-out line-drive double to Ryan Miller before closing out the inning with groundout and flyout to end the game. The Inland Empire 66ers enjoyed a 5-0 victory on Ellis' six strikeout, 102 pitch performance, his only other blemishes being two walks on the night.

Ellis, after a rough month of April where he was hit to the tune of a .288 BAA and 6.86 ERA, has been coming on strong  lowering his ERA three full points since early May. Over that span the 6'4" righty has maintained a 3.00 ERA and, while showing some vulnerability against left-handed hitting, his command and effectiveness has been excellent against righties, where he's deliverd a 1.01 WHIP and superb 8.50 K/BB overall. He has a good four-seamer that sits around 93 mph, coupled with a curve and a promising change. When he gets in trouble, it's often command issues where he leaves hittable balls up in the zone, but the strikeout stuff is real, and he's improving.

This is a guy who I was admittedly skeptical about after drafting, given his lackluster College World Series and Pioneer League performances, topped by an inconsistent April in the Cal League. But in the past five weeks, he's shown remarkable development, and should at this point be considered a true top ten, if not top five, prospect in the Angels organization.