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The Traveling Man

For his first two minor league seasons, Josh Ellison took the typical path minor leaguers usually do after being drafted. Ellison, chosen by the Mariners out of high school in 2001, started in the rookie league with Peoria in 2002, then moved up to short-season Single-A ball in Everett in 2003. By all indications, 2004 was going to follow a similar course for the outfielder.

As it turned out, though, 2004 was anything but typical for the 11th round draft choice. Amazingly, the 21-year-old spent time at every level in the organization this past season, filling in whenever and wherever needed all season long. He accepted the role with open arms. "I look at it like I was very fortunate to be able to go to each level to play this year, and to be able to learn different...

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