John Ely (baseball)

John Ely
Free agent
Starting pitcher
Born: (1986-05-13) May 13, 1986 (age 28)
Harvey, Illinois, USA
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 28, 2010 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record 4-13
Earned run average 5.70
Strikeouts 92

John Daniel Ely (born May 13, 1986) is an American right-handed starting pitcher. He made his Major League Baseball debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in April, 2010.

Early years

Ely was born in Harvey, Illinois to Laura and Jack Ely. He attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Illinois, where he compiled a 27-5 career record, including one perfect game. As a senior, he was selected as a first-team all-state pitcher in Illinois.[1]

Miami University

Ely attended Miami University. As a freshman in 2005, Ely led the Mid-American Conference in strikeouts (108 in 103-1/3 innings) and complete games (six) and tied for the conference lead in wins with ten. He won seven straight decisions during the months of April and May 2005 and compiled a 2.87 earned run average. He was also selected to the Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team.[1]

As a sophomore in 2006, Ely was selected as a first-team All-Mid-American Conference player after striking out 80 batters in 75-2/3 innings. He struck out a career-high 14 batters against Birmingham-Southern on March 5, 2006.[1]

Ely played for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League during the summer of 2006.[1]

Professional baseball

Chicago White Sox

Ely was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the third round of the 2007 MLB Draft. He began his professional career with the Great Falls White Sox in the Pioneer League. He appeared in 13 games for Great Falls, compiling a 6-1 record and a 3.86 ERA, and striking out 56 batters in 56 innings pitched.[2] In 2008, he played with the Winston-Salem Warthogs in the Carolina League, appearing in 27 games, compiling a 10-12 record, 4.71 ERA, and 134 strikeouts in 145-1/3 innings pitched.[2]

In 2009 with the Birmingham Barons of the Southern League he was 14-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 27 starts with 125 strikeouts in 156-1/3 inning pitched.[2]

Los Angeles Dodgers

Prior to the 2010 season, Ely was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers (along with Jon Link) for outfielder Juan Pierre. He was assigned to the starting rotation for the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes. He compiled a 2-1 record in three starts for the Isotopes, striking out 12 batters in 18 innings with a 3.00 ERA.[2]

On April 28, 2010, Ely received his first Major League callup when he was added to the Dodgers roster and started for the team against the New York Mets. He allowed five runs in six innings in his debut. In his second career start, on May 6, Ely allowed only four hits and one run in six and two-thirds innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. After Ely's performance against the Brewers, the Chicago Sun-Times wrote that Ely was "a genuine pride of the South Side" and "a human wrecking ball" for the Dodgers.[3]

In his third start, on May 11, 2010, Ely was credited with his first win, allowing two runs, six hits and no walks and striking out six in six innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ely was credited with his second win a week later against the Houston Astros. Ely threw 7 innings, allowing 5 hits and only 2 runs. He struck out 8 and walked no batters. Ely was the first Dodger to do so since Sandy Koufax. After winning his third straight decision against the Detroit Tigers on May 22, 2010, Dodgers Manager Joe Torre said, "He's certainly, as Yogi would say, making himself necessary."[4]

After winning three of his first four decisions, Ely struggled the rest of the way losing nine of his last ten decisions. He finished the season with a record of 4-10 and an ERA of 5.49. He also developed command problems, walking 14 in his last three starts after walking just four in his first five starts.[5]

He made one start for the Dodgers on April 10, 2011 against the San Diego Padres, filling in for the injured Jon Garland and appeared in four other games out of the bullpen. Most of his season was spent with the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes, where he made 25 starts and finished 7-8 with a 5.99 ERA. His best start of the season was when he came within one out of throwing a no-hitter in a 7 inning game against the Iowa Cubs on April 20.[6] On November 18, 2011 he was outrighted to the minors and removed from the 40-man roster.

In 2012 with Albuquerque he was 14-7 with a 3.20 ERA in 27 games and was selected to the Pacific Coast League mid-season All-Star team[7] and the post-season All-PCL team. [8] He was also named the PCL "pitcher of the year" after leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts (165). [9] On September 1, the Dodgers purchased his contract from the Isotopes and called him back up to the majors. On September 27, the Dodgers selected Ely as the team's "Minor League Pitcher of the Year." [10] He only appeared in 2 games for the Dodgers, taking the loss in 2 extra inning games, with an ERA of 20.25.

Houston Astros

Ely was traded to the Houston Astros on December 19, 2012 for Rob Rasmussen.[11] Assigned to the Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, Ely suffered an injury after one appearance, requiring Tommy John surgery. [12] He was released on November 19, 2013.


External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • LAist