Friday, August 16, 2013

Tyson Ross - Hope for the 2014 rotation?

Just like Jaff Dacker, 26-year old Tyson Ross may be making enough of a noise to be considered for the Padres' pitching rotation in 2014. On Thursday, Ross pitched seven strong innings against the New York Mets (109 pitches -- 74 for strikes), notching eight strikouts, while allowing one run on five hits.

Of course, San Diego went on to lose the game, 4-1, but it was another strong showing for Ross. What's even more impressive, is the 6-foot, 6-inch right-hander has a 1.32 ERA over his last five starts, ever since he was moved from the bullpen into the starting rotation. Adding a changeup to go along with his fastball and slider probably hasn't hurt, either.

Ross came to San Diego last November from Oakland. The Padres sent IF Andy Parrino and P Andrew Werner north to the A's, for Ross and A.J. Kirby-Jones. He's making good on his second call-up with the Padres (July 22), as he was optioned to Tucson on July 9, posting a 1-1 record with a 1.86 ERA.

Meanwhile, there's the possiblity another Ross could be making a bid for the Padres starting rotaton. Tyson's brother Joe,a 20-year old Padres 1st round draft pick in 2011, is currently toiling at Fort Wayne, Ind., San Diego's Low A club. After a decent start, Joe has dropped his last two games and is currently 4-7, with a 6.26 ERA for the Tincaps, with 70 strikeouts and 35 walks.
Joe, three inches shorter than his older brother, began his minor league career in the Arizona Fall League. Last year he started in the Fall League, moving on to the Northwest League's Eugene Emeralds, before finishing the year at Fort Wayne of the Midwest League.

It'll probably be a matter of time befor the younger Ross cracks the Padres roster. You have to admit, it would be pretty cool to see the brothers Ross in the same rotation.

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  1. I'm not sure that Decker is making much of his opportunity at the major league level with a .214 average, but Ross should definitely be in the rotation next year (barring injury, which seems to be happening to most of our starting pitchers). His ERA since getting back into the rotation (after being injured) is ridiculously low. Hoping that he makes the cut for the Update set so we can get some cards of him as a Friar.

  2. He has a real sharp looking card in 2010 Topps.