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Joe Ross | Starting Pitcher | #41

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/21/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (25) / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Joe Ross allowed four runs -- two earned -- in 4 2/3 innings against the Astros on Saturday.
He gave up six hits and a walk while striking out three. He has a fine 2.70 ERA through four spring starts. He finished with a 3.43 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 105 innings in 2016. He seems safely ensconced in the Nationals' starting rotation and makes for a smart mid-round pick on draft day. Mar 18 - 5:59 PM

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Joe Ross pitched four scoreless innings, striking out four, as the Nationals beat the Astros 5-4 on Sunday.

Ross, one of our favorite pitching picks this year, has allowed two runs and struck out eight in 8 2/3 innings.
Mar 12 - 5:20 PM

Joe Ross threw a pair of scoreless innings Wednesday in his start against the Tigers.

Ross is 12-10 with a 3.58 ERA in 32 major league starts, but the Nationals officially have him competing for a rotation spot this spring. We don't expect that to be a real issue. The ability is there to make him a top-30 fantasy SP if he stays healthy this year.
Mar 1 - 5:29 PM

Nationals pitching coach Mike Maddux said at Nationals' Winter Fest on Saturday that Joe Ross would have to compete for the fifth and final spot in the club's Opening Day rotation.

It seems like it's being said as a motivational tool, as the 23-year-old right-hander compiled a 3.43 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 93/29 K/BB ratio over 105 innings in his second big league season. Maddux noted that Erick Fedde, now the team's top pitching prospect, could be an option to challenge for that spot. Austin Voth and A.J. Cole are also considered options for that job.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 05:13:00 PM

Joe Ross surrendered four earned runs over 2 2/3 innings Tuesday as the Nationals dropped Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.

Ross was handed a one-run lead after Daniel Murphy opened the game's scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first, but the right-hander gave it right back on a two-run homer by Adrian Gonzalez in the bottom half of that frame. Ross then yielded an RBI single to Justin Turner in the third inning and moments later plunked Joc Pederson with a pitch while the bases were loaded. Max Scherzer will get the ball for Washington in Thursday's decisive NLDS Game 5.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 08:56:00 PM

Joe Ross will start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

It was the expected decision, but it's now official. Reynaldo Lopez was the alternative for the assignment, but he'll be held back to pitch out of the bullpen. Ross hasn't appeared in a game since September 29, but he posted a 2.79 ERA in three starts down the stretch after returning from a shoulder injury. The Nationals will try to punch their ticket to the NLCS on Tuesday.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 12:06:00 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said after Monday's NLDS Game 3 win that he's not ready to name a Game 4 starter yet.

It would be a surprise if it's not Joe Ross, but Baker said that Reynaldo Lopez is also an option. Neither pitcher has appeared yet in the series, but Ross pitched well down the stretch after returning from a shoulder injury, posting a 2.79 ERA in three starts. The Dodgers haven't announced their starter yet, either, as it will be a short-rest Clayton Kershaw or Julio Urias.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 09:03:00 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker on Sunday would not commit to starting Joe Ross in a potential Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.

"It all depends on what happens in these games," Baker said. The skipper is keeping his options open just in case Ross might be needed in relief in Game 2 or 3, but if he's not it will almost surely be the righty getting the ball in Game 4 on Tuesday (if necessary). Ross missed most of the second half with a shoulder issue but returned to post a 2.79 ERA and 14/3 K/BB ratio over 9 2/3 innings in three September starts. He would be on a relatively limited pitch count Tuesday.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 10:22:00 AM

Joe Ross pitched four innings of one-run ball Thursday as the Nationals beat the Diamondbacks 5-3.

Ross struck out five in the 90-pitch outing and was impressive enough to seemingly clinch his spot in the postseason rotation. He finishes the regular season with a 7-5 record and a nice 3.43 ERA in 19 starts.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 05:13:00 PM

Joe Ross allowed a run on five hits over 2 2/3 innings Saturday against the Pirates.

Still limited as he works his way back from a shoulder injury, Ross threw 63 pitches to get eight outs before exiting. The Nats are far less concerned with the result -- they won, anyway -- than with getting the 23-year-old's stamina built up ahead of the postseason, so they'll surely take the subpar outings as long as Ross gets out of them healthy. He's got a 3.48 ERA in 18 starts overall this season. Ross's final tuneup will come Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 11:47:00 PM

Joe Ross allowed one run in three innings Sunday in the Nationals' loss to the Braves.

Ross was on a pitch count in this one after missing 10 weeks with a shoulder injury. He struck out five and walked none but gave up six hits, kickstarting a big afternoon for the Atlanta offense. Ross should be able to go around five innings next time out in Pittsburgh, making him a little more appealing for fantasy purposes.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 07:14:00 PM

Nationals activated RHP Joe Ross from the 60-day disabled list.

Ross will rejoin the Nats' rotation Sunday in Atlanta. He'll be held to around three innings, so fantasy owners should keep him benched for now if they can.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 01:10:00 PM

Joe Ross (shoulder) will return to the Nationals starting rotation on Sunday against the Braves.

He'll be limited to around three innings in this outing, so he doesn't hold any fantasy appeal. Ross has been on the shelf since July 2 due to shoulder woes.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 11:12:00 AM

Joe Ross (shoulder) is on track to join the Nationals' rotation this week.

Ross worked three innings in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Syracuse last Monday and he threw around 80 pitches in a simulated game at Nationals Park later that week. Nats manager Dusty Baker acknowledged the 23-year-old right-hander might have some stamina issues out of the gate, but he's looking like a sneaky streamer for maybe the final two weeks of the regular season. His first start since July 2 probably comes this weekend versus the Braves.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 03:28:00 PM

Joe Ross (shoulder) is expected to throw around 80 pitches in a simulated game later this week at Nationals Park.

Ross worked three innings Monday in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Syracuse, throwing 42 pitches in the game and 20 pitches later in a bullpen session. Washington is stretching Ross out as a starter in his rehabilitation from this two-month shoulder injury, but there's been talk of the 23-year-old right-hander finishing out the 2016 season in relief. "We'll see what we need, because if he was a starter then we'd have to probably piggyback him with somebody else," manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday. "It depends on the importance of the games and where we are. He's very important."
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 11:36:00 AM

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