No one understands more about patience and perseverance than the Lexington, Ky., native. After leaving APSU as its all-time hits leader (broken last season by Greg Bachman), the four-time first-team All-OVC selection was chosen in the 18th round of the 2003 draft by the Dodgers. He then spent the next two seasons as a back-up to Russell Martin, who later became the Dodgers All-Star catcher before moving to the New York Yankees andHe certainly has paid his dues, and is now reaping the rewards.
notthen the Pittsburgh Pirates. The careers of minor league back-up catchers usually are short-lived, but Ellis beat those incredible odds.
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