Reno Aces infielder Drew Ellis was named a Triple-A West All Star at third base, Minor League Baseball announced Tuesday. Ellis led the Aces in homers with 20 and was six shy of the team lead in RBIs with 73.
In his first season at the Triple-A level, Ellis set career highs in average (.294), home runs, RBIs, on-base percentage (.399), slugging (.615) and OPS (1.104).
Ellis was a defensive difference maker at third base, logging a .969 fielding percentage in 595.1 innings at the hot corner. In 69 starts at third, Ellis made just five errors. Ellis also saw time at second and first.
Ellis ended the season on a tear, batting .323 in the month of September with seven home runs and 21 RBIs in 16 games played. Ellis wrapped the month with a .413 on-base percentage and an .831 slugging for a 1.244 OPS.
The 25-year-old Ellis also made his big-league debut this season, hitting .130 in 69 at-bats with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
This is the first All-Star award for Ellis at the Triple-A level and the first for an Ace in the new Triple-A West format.