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Joe Ross | Starting Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/21/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Nationals optioned RHP Joe Ross to Triple-A Syracuse.
Ross was mighty impressive during his first stint in the majors, posting a 2.66 ERA and 23/2 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings over three starts. There's no room for him in the Nationals' rotation now that Stephen Strasburg is back from the DL, but he has a bright future. Jun 23 - 3:44 PM

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Joe Ross struck out 11 batters and allowed just one run over 7 1/3 innings in Friday's 4-1 win over the Rays.

Ross was sensational, holding the Rays to just six and a walk. The lone run scored on a single from Gregory Polanco in the second inning. The young right-hander has been very impressive during his first stint in the majors, posting a 2.66 ERA and 23/2 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings through three starts. He figures to head down to the minors once Stephen Strasburg (neck) is ready to come off the disabled list, but the Nationals have to be thrilled with what they've seen thus far.
Jun 19 - 9:55 PM

Joe Ross is slated to start Saturday against the Pirates.

Doug Fister is slated to come off the disabled list to start Thursday, so this likely means that Tanner Roark is headed back to the bullpen. Of course, Ross is just holding a spot until Stephen Strasburg returns, which likely isn't far off.
Jun 18 - 4:35 PM

Joe Ross pitched brilliantly in his second major league start, holding the Brewers to two runs and striking out eight over eight innings in Saturday's 7-2 win.

Ross lasted just five innings in his first major league start (against the Cubs on June 6), but he was in complete control against the Brewers over his eight innings. Granted, they're the Brewers. Both runs against Ross came in the second inning, when an infield single by Jean Segura and a double by Scooter Gennett brought in two runs. At just 22 years old, the most encouraging sign for Ross' development might be the fact that he's walked just one in 13 major league innings to this point. He'll face the Rays in his next start as he tries to build off toward his long-term potential.
Jun 13 - 9:05 PM

Joe Ross allowed three runs over five innings in his major league debut Saturday against the Cubs.

Ross retired the first nine batters, but the Cubs got to him the second time through the order. The 22-year-old allowed six hits and no walks while striking out four. He had a reputation for keeping the ball on the ground in the minors and sure enough, he induced 13 ground balls Saturday. It's unclear whether he'll stick around for another start, but there's a lot of long-term promise here.
Jun 6 - 3:07 PM

Nationals purchased the contract of RHP Joe Ross from Double-A Harrisburg.

He'll make his big league debut with Saturday's start against the Cubs. The 22-year-old right-hander owns a 2.81 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 54/12 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings at Double-A Harrisburg this season.
Jun 6 - 10:51 AM

Nationals pitching prospect Joe Ross will be called up on Saturday to make his major league debut against the Cubs.

The feeling had been that A.J. Cole would get the call, but it appears the Nats are inclined to keep him in long relief. The younger brother of Padres' hurler Tyson Ross, Joe turned just 22 last month and has made only 12 starts above A-ball. He's a top-100 prospect and has been good in 2015, though, posting a 2.81 ERA with 54 strikeouts over 51 1/3 frames for Double-A Harrisburg. Ross could be needed for a few starts depending on how long Stephen Strasburg (neck) and Doug Fister (elbow) are out.
Jun 5 - 1:18 PM

Nationals prospect Joe Ross tossed seven shutout innings Saturday for Double-A Harrisburg.

Abel De Los Santos blew a three-run lead in the eighth, preventing Ross from picking up his first win of the year. Despite the no-decision, Ross was sensational Saturday, allowing just two hits and a pair of walks. Ross' eight strikeouts were a season-high. The right-hander threw 62 of his 96 pitches for strikes. He's Washington's fifth-ranked prospect on
Apr 26 - 4:48 PM

Nationals acquired RHP Joe Ross and a player to be named later, Padres acquired OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, LHP Jose Castillo and RHP Gerardo Reyes, Rays acquired OF Steven Souza, C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, 1B Jake Bauers and LHP Travis Ott in a three-team trade.

The player to be named later will be shortstop prospect Trea Turner. The younger brother of Tyson Ross, Joe is a former first-round pick who has put up a 3.90 ERA and 241/91 K/BB ratio over 299 2/3 minor league innings. The 21-year-old needs more season with just 20 frames above A-ball, but he's a high-upside arm.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:53:00 PM

Padres right-handed pitching prospect Joe Ross allowed one double, one triple, one double, eight singles, one walk, and one hit batsman in 3 1/3 innings for High-A Lake Elsinore on Thursday.

Ross was coming off one of his best outings of the season, but got hit hard by a lineup that included top prospects D.J. Peterson and Gabriel Guerrero. Bad games happen in Mavericks Stadium, but this is a particularly rough one. Before the game, Ross had a 2.82 ERA and a 1.077 WHIP; after 3.76 ERA and 1.187 WHIP. The projection has not changed, so feel free to chalk this one up to a bad outing in a hitter's park.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 07:23:00 AM

Padres right-handed pitching prospect Joe Ross scattered two singles and a walk while striking out seven in six innings for High-A Lake Elsinore on Friday.

Ross allowed only one (unearned) run, breezing through a relatively weak Inland Empire lineup. Opposing batters are hitting .222/.270/.316 for the season. Ross has an 8.5 K/9 rate to go with his 2.81 ERA and 1.077 WHIP. He has the potential to be a solid mid-rotation pitcher with good command, and could see time in San Diego by the end of 2015.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 11:44:00 AM

Padres prospect RHP Joe Ross scattered four hits and struck out a season-high nine batters in six scoreless innings on Tuesday for High-A Lake Elsinore.

Ross, 20, has dominated through the first month of the season, posting a 1.95 ERA and 31/7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 32 1/3 innings. Since allowing four runs in his season debut for Lake Elsinore, the right-hander has yielded just two in his last 22 1/3 innings, with a 30/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio during that span. Ross, the young brother of Padres starter Tyson Ross, has big-time upside but has been slow to move up the ladder in previous years due to injuries.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 03:06:00 PM

Padres prospect right-hander Joe Ross has allowed only four runs in his first three starts, spanning 16 innings for High-A Lake Elsinore.

Ross has allowed only eight base runners via four hits, three walks, and one hit batsmen while striking out 11 batters. Ross has yet to turn his low-to-mid 90s fastball and two-plane slider into high strikeout totals, but his ability to consistently induce weak conduct could be a recipe for success in Petco Park. He projects as a mid-rotation workhorse.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 04:16:00 PM

Padres agreed to terms with first-round pick RHP Joe Ross.

Ross was plucked out of a California high school with the 25th overall pick in June's First-Year Player Draft. He boasts a fastball that has been clocked at 95 mph, along with a promising curve and changeup. The 18-year-old had made a commitment to pitch at UCLA, but will now enter pro ball.
Tue, Aug 16, 2011 12:43:00 AM

The Padres selected California high school pitcher Joe Ross with the 25th overall pick.

The younger brother of A's pitcher Tyson Ross, Joe has a great build and a fastball that has been clocked at 95 MPH. He also throws a curve and changeup, though both pitches do need some work. The 18-year-old is committed to UCLA and could decide to become a Bruin if the Padres don't pay up. If he does sign, he'll have the spacious confines PETCO Park to look forward to.
Mon, Jun 6, 2011 11:18:00 PM

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