"We spent a lot of time, we had a tremendous amount of looks throughout the course of the year," D-backs scouting director Deric Ladnier said after the team selected Ellis. "Then he really continued to grow as a hitter. The power was very evident. His ability to use the whole field was evident. It's just a very easy, professional stroke."
Ellis has a quick, compact swing and uses the leverage he has in his 6-foot-3 frame. He has shown a good feel for the strike zone as well, walking 38 times and striking out the same number.
"He just has this tremendous knack to find the barrel to the ball," Ladnier said.
Also Tuesday, the D-backs agreed to a deal with fifth-round pick Buddy Kennedy, a third baseman out of Millville (N.J.) High School, according to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. Kennedy, who is friends with Angels outfielder Mike Trout, signed for $550,000, which was above the slot for the pick of $356,900.