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September 21, 2021 01:28 PM
Orioles' Chris Ellis: Not starting due to arm fatigue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Ellis won't start Tuesday's road game in Philadelphia due to arm fatigue and will be pushed back "a couple of days" in the team's pitching schedule, Joe Trezza of reports.

The Orioles haven't confirmed any of their starting pitchers beyond Wednesday (Keegan Akin), so assuming he moves past his bout with arm fatigue quickly, Ellis could be an option to make his next start as soon as Thursday versus the Rangers. Baltimore will treat Tuesday's contest as a bullpen day, with reliever Conner Greene serving as the team's opening pitcher.

September 17, 2021 06:08 PM
Orioles' Chris Ellis: Struggles with control
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ellis allowed two earned runs on three hits and four walks while striking out three across 4.2 innings Thursday against the Yankees. He did not factor into the decision.

Ellis ran into trouble in the second inning when he allowed four runners to reach base, two of which came via walks. He was effective in preventing runs otherwise, though he was pulled with 84 pitches after an inefficient outing. While Ellis hasn't been able to work deep into games -- he's failed to finish five innings in four of his six starts -- he's also maintained a 2.39 ERA across 26.1 innings in the majors this season. However, his 21:13 K:BB suggests he's significantly overperforming and could run into some rough outings before the campaign concludes.

September 11, 2021 01:24 PM
Orioles' Chris Ellis: Another solid start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ellis allowed one run on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts in five innings in a no-decision versus Toronto on Friday.

The right-hander walked too many batters, but it was an otherwise encouraging start yet again. He's posted a 2.08 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 18:9 K:BB across 21.2 innings in five appearances between Baltimore and Tampa Bay this year. Ellis figures to continue in the rotation with Matt Harvey (knee) ruled out for the rest of the season. Ellis projects for a home start versus the Yankees next week.

September 4, 2021 08:36 PM
Orioles' Chris Ellis: No-hits Yanks over five frames
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ellis didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Yankees, walking three batters and striking out two over five scoreless, no-hit innings.

The right-hander kept New York off-balance for 92 pitches (53 strikes) before exiting with a 1-0 lead, but the O's bullpen cost Ellis his second win. The 28-year-old sports a 2.16 ERA and 14:5 K:BB through 16.2 innings since being picked up by Baltimore, and he's likely cemented a spot in the rotation for the rest of the season.

August 31, 2021 09:08 AM
Orioles' Chris Ellis: Solid in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ellis didn't factor into the decision in Monday's 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays, allowing one run on two hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. He struck out two.

The Tampa Bay castoff kept the O's in the game through 69 pitches (41 strikes), only to see the Baltimore bullpen make a mess of things in the sixth and seventh innings. Ellis might be stretched out enough to qualify for a win in his next start, but he'll face a tough challenge in Yankee Stadium on Sunday if he stays on turn.

August 30, 2021 11:40 AM
Orioles' Chris Ellis: Sticks around in rotation
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Ellis is scheduled to start Monday's series opener against the Blue Jays in Toronto, Mitch Bannon of reports.

Ellis didn't dazzle while starting in his Orioles debut Aug. 25 -- he gave up three runs on five hits over three innings against the Angels -- but the performance was good enough for him to maintain a rotation spot over Spenser Watkins, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday. The Orioles should clear Ellis to work deeper into Monday's outing after he tossed only 38 pitches against the Angels, but the matchup with a potent Blue Jays lineup in addition to his unimpressive track record in the minors make it exceedingly difficult to trust the right-hander for fantasy purposes.

August 25, 2021 11:16 PM
Orioles' Chris Ellis: No-decision in first career start
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Ellis went three innings and allowed three runs on five hits in a no-decision Wednesday against the Angels. He struck out three.

Ellis was making his Baltimore debut -- and his first MLB start -- after being claimed on waivers from Tampa Bay last weekend. He gave up a two-run single to Brandon Marsh in the second inning and a solo homer to Jared Walsh to lead off the fourth before giving way to the bullpen. The 28-year-old Ellis, who has a 10:1 K:BB in his two big-league appearances this season, could stick in the Baltimore rotation for the short term.

August 25, 2021 11:24 AM
Orioles' Chris Ellis: First career start coming Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ellis is slated to start Wednesday's game against the Angels, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.

The 28-year-old right-hander will at least temporarily step into the rotation as a replacement for Jorge Lopez, who was moved to the bullpen after losing his 14th game of the season Aug. 19 in Tampa Bay. After being scooped up off waivers from the Rays last weekend, Ellis has yet to make his Orioles debut, but he'll be making his first MLB start in a head-to-head matchup with Shohei Ohtani. Ellis tossed four scoreless innings of long relief in his last appearance with the Rays on Aug. 17, so he should be capable of giving Baltimore a decent amount of length Wednesday.

August 20, 2021 07:04 PM
Orioles' Chris Ellis: Claimed by Baltimore
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ellis was claimed off waivers by the Orioles on Friday.

Ellis was DFA'd by the Rays on Wednesday despite tossing four scoreless innings while earning the win over the Orioles in his season debut Tuesday. He'll now head to club he just defeated, where he should have a chance to log substantial innings down the stretch, either as a starter or in long relief.

August 18, 2021 12:20 PM
Rays' Chris Ellis: Designated for assignment
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Ellis was designated for assignment by the Rays on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Ellis made his season debut Tuesday and allowed three hits and a walk while striking out seven in four scoreless innings to earn his first major-league win. However, the right-hander will be removed from the 40-man roster to make room for southpaw Ryan Yarbrough, who was reinstated from the COVID-19 IL on Wednesday.

August 18, 2021 09:44 PM
Rays' Chris Ellis: Earns win in season debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ellis (1-0) allowed three hits and one walk while striking out seven across four scoreless innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Orioles.

Ellis followed Drew Rasmussen and Adam Conley into the game and threw the final four innings to earn the win in his season debut. He wasn't pitching in a high-leverage scenario -- he entered the game with an eight-run lead -- but the performance was impressive nevertheless. He generated 16 swinging strikes on only 62 pitches, backing up his seven punchouts. Ellis worked primarily as a starter with Triple-A Durham and struggled to a 6.32 ERA and 1.56 WHIP across 57 frames prior to being called up. While those numbers cast some doubt on his ability to carry this type of performance forward, the Rays' ability to put their pitchers in a position to succeed should aid Ellis to close the season.

August 16, 2021 03:52 PM
Rays' Chris Ellis: Contract selected Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ellis' contract was selected from Triple-A Durham on Monday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

Ellis failed to land a spot on the Rays' Opening Day roster and recorded a 6.32 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 57 innings across 15 appearances (13 starts) at Triple-A Durham to begin the year. He should be available as a long reliever but will also be able to step in as a starter if needed.

March 23, 2021 11:20 AM
Rays' Chris Ellis: Misses out on Opening Day roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rays reassigned Ellis to their minor-league camp Tuesday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

The right-handed reliever is expected to report to Triple-A Durham to begin the 2021 season. Ellis' lone MLB action came with the Royals in 2019, when he tossed a scoreless inning in his one appearance out of the bullpen.

December 16, 2020 04:00 PM
Rays' Chris Ellis: Inks minor-league deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ellis signed a minor-league contract with the Rays on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Ellis didn't make a major-league appearance in 2020 after he was released by the Cardinals, but he'll now join Tampa Bay on a minor-league pact. While the exact terms of the deal aren't yet known, it wouldn't be surprising to see the right-hander appear in major-league camp during spring training.

June 2, 2020 12:32 AM
Chris Ellis: Let go by Cardinals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ellis was released by the Cardinals on Monday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

Ellis had a tumultuous offseason before eventually winding up back with the Cardinals, but he'll be left searching for another club once again. The 27-year-old was lackluster with Triple-A Memphis in 2019, logging a 7.18 ERA and 1.84 WHIP, although he managed to make his major-league debut with Kansas City, where he pitched one scoreless inning.

April 10, 2019 03:32 PM
Cardinals' Chris Ellis: Returned to St. Louis
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ellis cleared waivers and was returned to the Cardinals.

He was a Rule 5 draft pick back in December, and as such, he needed to be offered back to his original team before being sent to the minors for another organization. Ellis should serve as organizational pitching depth for the Cardinals, but they left him unprotected from that draft for a reason.

April 3, 2019 10:52 AM
Royals' Chris Ellis: Loses roster spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Royals designated Ellis for assignment Wednesday.

Ellis was a Rule 5 selection this winter, so even if he goes unclaimed off waivers, the Royals would have to offer him back to his previous organization (St. Louis) as a non-roster player. The right-hander made one appearance out of the bullpen during his time with Kansas City, tossing a scoreless inning.

December 13, 2018 02:16 PM
Royals' Chris Ellis: Traded to Kansas City
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rangers traded Ellis to the Royals on Thursday immediately following the Rule 5 draft.

Ellis was picked seventh in the draft by the Rangers before getting flipped to Kansas City, likely in exchange for cash considerations. The 26-year-old spent a majority of the 2018 campaign at the Triple-A level within the Cardinals' organization, logging a 3.76 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with a 7.7 K/9. Ellis has the ability to serve as a starting pitcher or multi-inning reliever for the Royals moving forward.

December 13, 2018 02:16 PM
Rangers' Chris Ellis: Heads to Texas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ellis was selected by the Rangers with the seventh pick in the Rule 5 draft.

Texas marks Ellis' fourth organization -- he was most recently shipped from Atlanta to St. Louis in a 2016 trade that sent Jaime Garcia to Atlanta. While most of his minor-league experience has been as a starting pitcher, Ellis' stuff has ticked up out of the bullpen, and he is capable of logging more than one inning at a time. The 26-year-old righty posted a 3.76 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 68 strikeouts in 79 innings at Triple-A. Look for him to be used as a long reliever and spot starter.

December 1, 2016 06:28 PM
Cardinals' Chris Ellis: Sent to Cardinals in Jaime Garcia deal
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Ellis was traded to the Cardinals on Thursday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

Ellis split time between Double-A and Triple-A last season in the Braves organization, although his numbers with Mississippi were far superior to those he posted with Gwinnett. He holds a nice history of missing bats (274 strikeouts since 2014) which could bode well for him as he moves into his age-24 season, although his lack of command keep his ceiling at that of a back-end starter.

Last 7 Games
09/21@ PHIL 2-3000
09/16vs NYYW 3-24.23243
09/10vs TORW 6-35.05144
09/04@ NYYW 4-35.01032
08/30@ TORL 3-74.22112
08/25vs LAAW 10-63.05303
08/17vs BALW 10-014.03017
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