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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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One Comment

  1. Rik

    December 19, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Well, TINSTAAPP and all, but this kid could be for real: his brother is pretty dang good. Mind you, it sure seems like The Padres are all in for this season. They’re unloading the farm for proven talent. What’s troubling is that their adding players with pretty serious injury histories. Kemp has two arthritic hips, and a bad ankle. But man can he hit a baseball. One of the best 2nd half seasons I’ve seen in some time was produced last year was from Mr. Kemp. He was a wrecking crew. Josh Johnson is just coming off of TJS and really hasn’t done much as a pitcher since he was a Fish. But holy cow, when he was on he was en fuego. And Morrow? Well, he gave the impression that his bones are made of chalk and his sinew of cheese. He cannot stay healthy. When he is healthy, he can deal it, though. The Padres MUST be counting on that kind of bad luck for these guys evening out to good luck: luck must regress to the mean in their opinion. As for Wil Myers? Bum wrist. As Big Papi, Jose Bautista and others can yell you, it takes a while to rebound after wrist surgery. Good luck Wil…and get a hair cut, ya hippy!

    Anyhow, I sure hope this all works out for them: Lord knows I love me an underdog. It would be beyond awesome to see The Padres contend for a change.

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