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Prospects On The Move: Joe Ross

This is the first post in a series that will be known as Prospects On The Move. In this series we’ll take an in-depth look at prospects who are involved in high profile trades.

Joe Ross

Team: Washington Nationalsjoeross

Acquired: From Padres in three team trade that sent Wil Myers to San Diego.

Position: RHP

D.O.B: 5/21/93 (21)

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 205

Ross, a former first round pick (25th overall) out of Bishop O’Dowd H.S in Oakland, CA, is the brother of Padres All-Star pitcher Tyson Ross. Unfortunately, their chances of pitching in the same rotation took a hit this week when the younger Ross was dealt to the Washington Nationals in a high-profile trade that sent former Rookie of the Year Wil Myers to San Diego.

On the mound, Ross has an ideal pitchers frame, featuring perfect height that gives him great downward plane and a solid build that should help him handle the rigors of pitching every fifth day. His arsenal his highlighted by a 92-94 mph fastball that shows good life down in the zone, inducing lots of weak contact on the ground. His changeup is another potential plus pitch, sporting good fade and can be a bat missing pitch. His third pitch is his slider, which lags behind the other two pitches and right now figures to be a below-average pitch. He’s an athletic kid with an easy delivery.

Outlook: In acquiring Ross and shortstop Trea Turner the Nationals appear to be the biggest winners in the trade because they surrendered just Steven Souza for two of San Diego’s top prospects. As for Ross, he likely develops into a solid mid-rotation starter. Maybe more if the breaking ball improves.

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Kirk Cahill

Contributing Writer at Legends On Deck®
Kirk is very knowledgeable of MLB's minor league system and brings a passion for writing about the stars of tomorrow. Kirk is also a contributing writer for MetsMerizedOnline and MetsMinors.net. He is a native New Yorker and lifelong Mets fan. Follow him on Twitter @KirkC_.