Chris Ellis roughed up in Triple-A debut

Right-hander Chris Ellis made a rocky Triple-A debut on Saturday night.

Ellis, rated by MLB.com as the No. 13 prospect in the Braves organization, started Saturday’s game at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and lasted only two-thirds of an inning.

Ellis, who was promoted from Double-A Mississippi on Friday, gave up five runs on five hits, one of them a home run. He also walked two batters. He left the game having thrown 40 pitches to get two outs.

Ellis made 13 starts for the M-Braves and was 8-2 with a 2.75 ERA. Opponents hit .201 against him, and he has a 1.13 WHIP. He struck out 61 in 78 2/3 innings and allowed only two home runs.

Entering Saturday’s game, the RailRiders ranked second in the International League in batting average (.261) and runs scored (306) and tied for fourth in home runs and third in OPS.

The Braves acquired Ellis from the Angels in the trade that sent Andrelton Simmons to Los Angeles in November.

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