Drew Ellis showed enough potential as a youngster, for the Arizona Diamondbacks to select him 44th overall in the 2017 draft. However, it's been a challenging journey in his attempts to succeed.
Ellis made his Major League debut with the Diamondbacks in 2021, but struggled to make an impact (both figuratively and literally). In 28 games, he struggled with a lowly .130/.277/.203 slash line and .480 OPS.
The following season saw the 27-year-old split his time between Arizona and Seattle, after the Mariners claimed him on waivers. Overall though opportunities were few and far between, with just seven combined appearances in the Majors.
Fast forward to this year, and Ellis agreed a Minor League deal with the Phillies in April. He's impressed enough since, to earn promotion from Double-A to Triple-A, and also spend some time in the Majors.
During his 12-game spell with the Phillies, the Louisville, Kentucky native again saw an offensive imporvement. And while a .217 batting average might not stand out, he did produce a compelling .858 OPS.
Since being optioned back to Triple-A, Ellis has proved to be steady. Overall on the season he's hit 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 46 games for Lehigh Valley, with a .230/.325/.460 slash line and .785 OPS.
The right-handed bat evidently has some power in his swing, while particularly hitting well versus southpaws. Overall, he's progressively taken his fitness more seriously, is performing better at third base and would be a decent choice to get another opportunity with the Phillies in some capacity.