Aug 29th, 2009

John Ely

By FutureSox Staff

Traded to the Dodgers with Jon Link for Juan Pierre 12/15/09

Position: RH SP
Born: 5/17/86
Ht: 6′1″ Wt: 200
Acquired: Drafted 3rd Round in 2007 from Miami (OH)
Career Stats
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FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #20 – 2009 Preseason
  • #19 – 2009 Midseason
  • #13 – 2009 Postseason


  • 2009 White Sox Best Changeup (Baseball America)
  • 2009 Southern League All-Star Game
  • FutureSox Co-Pitcher of the Month – August 2009
  • 2009 Southern League Post-Season All-Star
  • 2009 All-FutureSox Team Starting Pitcher
  • 2010 White Sox Best Changeup (Baseball America)

Scouting report
The quick-working former Homewood-Floosmoor hurler has all the intangibles you want. He is aggressive and seemingly fearless. His arsenal is highlighted by a great changeup that Baseball America has called plus-plus. His low 90s fastball has good movement combines with the change to give him a good groundball rate. He also has a 12-to-6 curveball that can be good, but is inconsistent. He has stayed healthy as a pro despite concerns out of college about his delivery. His delivery is considered “max-effort” but is somewhat deceptive. Ely has had good control, but has had mediocre peripherals the past two seasons. He has moved through the minors quickly, skipping Low-A, which could be contributing to lesser stats. Either way, those stats don’t make him look like a good Major League prospect. Still, Ely has a good ERA for the Barons this year and has shown gradual improvement each of the last two seasons. Don’t pencil Ely into any future rotations, but don’t be shocked if he gets a shot somewhere down the line.

Major League Outlook: 5th starter
ETA: 2011

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