Tyson Ross

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Tyson Ross
Tyson Ross on August 12, 2016 (1) (cropped).jpg
Ross with the Padres in 2016
Texas Rangers
Starting pitcher
Born: (1987-04-22) April 22, 1987 (age 29)
Berkeley, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 7, 2010, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 32–53
Earned run average 3.64
Strikeouts 633
WHIP 1.32
Career highlights and awards
Tyson Ross
Medal record
Men's Baseball
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 2007 Rio de Janeiro Team

Tyson William Ross (born April 22, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Oakland Athletics and San Diego Padres. Ross was an MLB All-Star in 2014.

Amateur career[edit]

High school[edit]

Ross attended Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, California, which is located mere miles away from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.


Ross attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he played college baseball for the California Golden Bears baseball team. He was an All Pac-10 Conference 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, his 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 to a starter role.[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 himself was injured and placed on the DL with a strained oblique.[6] Ross had a 2.75 ERA in 36 innings 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 the A's, starting until the September roster expansion, where he rejoined the parent club 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]

Ross with San Diego

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 in the process of swinging for his first major league hit.[10] Ross returned from the disabled list on May 5, but was relegated to the bullpen due to concern over his shoulder when 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. The starts included two shutout performances of 7 and 8 innings that raised his prospects for returning to the starting rotation for the 2014 season.[13] He finished the 2013 season at 3–8 record and 3.17 ERA, with 119 strikeouts against 44 walks in 125 innings. Ross then improved next season with a 13–14 record and 2.81 ERA, with 185 strikeouts against 72 walks in 195 23 innings.[citation needed]

Texas Rangers[edit]

Ross signed a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers on January 19, 2017.[14]

International career[edit]

Ross pitched for Team USA in 2007, including the Pan-American Games and World Port Tournament.[15] He also played for the 2004 and 2005 USA Baseball Junior National teams.[16]

Pitching style[edit]

Ross has four pitches. His main one is a four-seam fastball at 90–95 mph, and he also features a two seamer (90–95), a slider (84–89), and a changeup usually reserved for left-handed hitters (87–89). As a strikeout pitch for right-handers, he relies heavily on his slider.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Tyson's younger brother Joe is a pitcher for the Washington Nationals.[1] His father is a pediatrician and his mother an emergency room nurse in Oakland. His sister, Frannie, played soccer at Portland State University.[18]


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

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