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Marlins catcher Ellis is a backup with several major roles

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Tom Koehler already understands why A.J. Ellis is considered a pitcher's catcher even though they've only been Marlins teammates for a week.

"He seems like he's a guy who's really going to push us," said Koehler, who went 9-13 with a 4.33 ERA last season. "During my live (bullpen) session yesterday he wanted me to elevate the mental thought process. We were working on first pitch strikes. Instead of just throwing first-pitch strikes, he wanted to simulate throwing first-pitch strikes to aggressive hitters or in big situations where we are trying to get a ground ball."

In need of a backup catcher, Miami signed the 35-year-old Ellis during the offseason to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. One of the main reasons they made the move was because manager Don Mattingly witnessed the catcher's ability to elevate a pitching staff during the five seasons Mattingly managed Ellis with the Dodgers.

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Leaders
AVG: M. Prado.305
HR: G. Stanton27
RBI: C. Yelich98
SB: D. Gordon30
W: J. Fernández16
ERA: J. Fernández2.86
Saves: A. Ramos40
K: J. Fernández253
NL East
TeamWLPctGB
X-Washington 9567.586-
Y-NY Mets 8775.5378
Miami 7982.49115.5
Philadelphia 7191.43824
Atlanta 6893.42226.5
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .263 (4)
Runs: 655 (27)
Hits: 1460 (5)
Home Runs: 128 (29)
Stolen Bases: 71 (19)
OBP: .322 (14)
SLG: .394 (27)
Total Bases: 2187 (25)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.05 (10)
Runs Allowed: 682 (8)
Saves: 55 (2)
Strikeouts: 1379 (8)
OpBA: .251 (9)
OBP: .329 (22)
SLG: .394 (5)
Run Support: 4.11 (27)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
2/14 C. Reed Retired
2/9 D. Phelps Signed ( 2017)(wins arbitration)
1/24 S. Gonzalez Traded Philadelphia (for future considerations)
1/19 D. Straily Traded Cincinnati (for RHP Luis Castillo, four-player deal)
1/18 B. Cunniff Signed to a Minor League Contract
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Injuries
Date Player Status
8/27 D. Phelps off 15-day DL
8/19 D. Dietrich off 15-day DL
8/14 A. Conley off 15-day DL
8/14 G. Stanton off 15-day DL
8/6 A. Ramos off 15-day DL
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