Tyson Ross

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Tyson Ross
San Diego Padres – No. 38
Starting pitcher
Born: (1987-04-22) April 22, 1987 (age 27)
Berkeley, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 7, 2010 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
(through June 24, 2014)
Win–loss record 15–33
Earned run average 4.04
Strikeouts 316
WHIP 1.37
Career highlights and awards
Tyson Ross
Medal record
Men's Baseball
Competitor for  United States
Pan American Games
Silver 2007 Rio de Janeiro Team

Tyson William Ross (born April 22, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball.

Amateur career[edit]

High school[edit]

Ross attended Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, which is located mere miles away from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, where he played for the Oakland Athletics.


Ross pitched for the University of California, Berkeley where he was an All Pac-10 selection.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Ross was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 2nd round of the 2008 Draft.

Minor leagues[edit]

Ross made 6 appearances (4 starts, 0-1) in 2008 for Single-A Kane County, posting a 4.66 ERA. He went 19.1 innings, 11 runs (10 earned) on 16 hits while striking out 16 and walking 5. In 2009, he began the season with Single-A Stockton, starting 18 games, posting a 5-6 record with a 4.17 ERA. He pitched 86.1 innings, allowing 49 runs (40 earned) on 78 hits with 82 strikeouts and 33 walks. He finished the season with Double-A Midland, making 9 starts, going 5-4 with a 3.96 ERA. In 50 innings, he allowed 22 runs (all earned) on 40 hits, fanning 31 and walking 20.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

Coming into the 2010 season, Ross was ranked Oakland's 6th best prospect.[2] Despite not pitching above Double-A, Ross made the big-league roster while making only 5 spring training appearances. Ross made his major league debut on April 7, 2010, against the Seattle Mariners. He went 2.1 innings allowing no runs on one hit. He struck out the first batter he faced and childhood idol, Ken Griffey Jr., and walked one. In his next appearance, on April 11, he pitched 3 innings against the Angels and recorded his first career save. On May 11 against the Rangers, he picked up both his first career win and blown save. Ross worked out of the bullpen until July 6, when he was sent down to Triple-A to be groomed back into a role as a starter.[3] Ross had a 5.49 ERA in 3913 innings with the A's, and he posted a 3.55 ERA in six starts for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats.

Ross was one of the A's final cuts in Spring Training 2011,[4] but was recalled to join the bullpen in early April. He took the place of the injured Dallas Braden in the rotation,[5] making six starts until he was injured himself and placed on the DL with a strained oblique.[6] Ross had a 2.75 ERA in 36 inning pitched at the time of the injury. He did not return to the Oakland A's that season, finishing out 2011 in Triple-A, where he had a 7.61 ERA in 9 starts.

Ross was pegged as the A's fifth starter out of Spring Training in 2012, but was sent down to the Sacramento River Cats at the start of the season because Oakland would not require a fifth starter until mid-April.[7] He made his first start for the A's on April 17 and continued to start until he was optioned back to Sacramento on May 31 with a 6.51 ERA. He then shuttled between Triple-A and making starts in the Major Leagues until the September roster expansion, where he joined the team as a reliever.[8] In his five stints with Oakland, Ross was 2-9 in his 13 starts and had a 6.50 ERA overall. He had a 2.99 ERA in his 15 games with the River Cats.

During his tenure with the Oakland Athletics, Ross wore number 66 for the name of the street where he first played baseball, 66th Avenue, located on the northwestern boundary of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

San Diego Padres[edit]

On November 16, 2012, Ross was traded to the San Diego Padres with minor league infielder A. J. Kirby-Jones for Andy Parrino and Andrew Werner.

Ross competed for a starting job in 2013 Spring Training and won the fifth spot in the rotation.[9] He made three starts for the Padres before suffering a left shoulder subluxation on a swing with the bat that also produced his first Major League hit.[10] Ross returned from the disabled list on May 5, but was placed in the bullpen due to concern over his shoulder in regards to batting.[11] After working in relief through early July, Ross was sent down to Triple-A to build arm strength and returned to the starting rotation on July 23.[12] He made 13 more starts for the Padres through the end of the year, posting a 2.93 ERA in those games. The starts included two shut-out performances of 7 and 8 innings that raised his profile as a member of the rotation for the 2014 season.[13] Ross finished the 2013 season with a 3-8 record and 3.17 ERA with 119 strike-outs against 44 walks in 125 innings.

International career[edit]

Ross pitched for Team USA in 2007, including the Pan-American Games and World Port Tournament.[14] He also played for the 2004 and 2005 USA Baseball Junior National teams.[15]

Pitching style[edit]

Ross offers four pitches. His main one is a four-seam fastball at 90–95 mph, and he also features a two seamer (89–93), a slider (84–89), and a changeup to lefties (87–89). With 2 strikes to right-handers, Ross relies heavily on his slider.[16]


Tyson's younger brother, Joe, is a pitcher in the Padres' minor league system.[1] His father is a pediatrician and his mother an emergency room nurse in Oakland. He also has sister who played soccer at Portland State University.[17]


  1. ^ a b Maffei, John (August 1, 2013). "Ross brothers looking to unite". UTSanDiego.com. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Player Card, Tyson Ross". Baseball America. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Stiglich, Joe (July 7, 2010). "A’s send Tyson Ross down, he’ll be groomed to start". Inside the A's. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Stiglich, Joe (March 30, 2011). "Andy LaRoche, Bobby Cramer make A’s roster; Tyson Ross, Eric Sogard sent down". Inside the A's. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Fucillo, David (April 19, 2011). "Tyson Ross Replaces Injured Dallas Braden In Oakland Athletics Starting Rotation". SB Nation. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Boylan, Mike (May 20, 2011). "Oakland A's: Who Replaces Tyson Ross and Brandon McCarthy in the Rotation?". bleacher report. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Slusser, Susan (April 5, 2012). "A's say Tyson Ross still likely 5th starter". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "A's Recall RHP Tyson Ross from Sacramento". A's Press Release. MLB.com. September 3, 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Brock, Corey (March 30, 2013). "Padres officially tab Ross as fifth starter". MLB.com. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Brock, Corey (April 19, 2013). "Padres keeping eye on Ross' injured shoulder". MLB.com. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  11. ^ Brock, Corey (May 5, 2013). "Ross comes off DL, but will begin in bullpen". MLB.com. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  12. ^ Brock, Corey (July 22, 2013). "Ross excited to rejoin Padres' rotation". MLB.com. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  13. ^ Sanders, Jeff (September 7, 2013). "Two up, two down: Padres 2, Rockies 1". UTSanDiego.com. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Tyson Ross Shuts Out The Netherlands, 14-0". Pac-12 News. July 30, 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "2007 National Team roster announced". USA Baseball. June 13, 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Tyson Ross". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  17. ^ Brock, Corey (May 9, 2013). "Ross' mom dedicated to kids on field and off". MLB.com. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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