Ross with the Padres in 2016
|Detroit Tigers – No. 38|
|Born: April 22, 1987|
|April 7, 2010, for the Oakland Athletics|
|MLB statistics |
(through May 10, 2019)
|Earned run average||4.04|
|Career highlights and awards|
Tyson William Ross (born April 22, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, and St. Louis Cardinals. Ross was an MLB All-Star in 2014.
Ross attended Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, California. 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.
Ross was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 2nd round of the 2008 Draft.
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.
Coming into the 2010 season, Ross was ranked Oakland's 6th best prospect. 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. Ross had a 5.49 ERA in 391⁄3 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, but was recalled to join the bullpen in early April. He took the place of the injured Dallas Braden in the rotation, making six starts until he himself was injured and placed on the DL with a strained oblique. 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. 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. 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
Ross competed for a starting job in 2013 spring training and won the fifth spot in the rotation. He made three starts for the Padres before suffering a left shoulder subluxation in the process of swinging for his first major league hit. Ross returned from the disabled list on May 5, but was relegated to the bullpen due to concern over his shoulder when batting. 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. 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. 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 2⁄3 innings. Ross continued his success from the previous season posting a career high 212 strikeouts in 196 innings. He had a 3.26 ERA in 33 starts. Ross was named the opening day starter for the 2016 season but his season was cut short in the very first game of the season. He missed the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury and underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome after the season. The Padres non-tendered him after the season and he became a free agent.
Ross signed a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers on January 19, 2017. He made his debut with the team on June 16, 2017, earning the victory in a 10-4 win over the Seattle Mariners. On July 24, 2017, Ross was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a blister on his right index finger. Ross was wildly inconsistent in his short stint with the Rangers, inducing 37 walks against 36 strikeouts in 49 innings. He was 3-3 in 12 appearances. He was released on September 12, 2017.
Return to Padres
On December 29, 2017, Ross signed a minor league contract to return to the Padres. Ross earned the fifth spot in the Padres rotation and was called up on April 3, 2018 to make his first start against the Colorado Rockies. On April 20, 2018, Ross and reliever Brad Hand combined for a one-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ross pitched 7.2 innings and allowed the Diamondbacks' only hit, a double by Christian Walker in the eighth inning. The Padres won the game 4-1.
St. Louis Cardinals
On December 10, 2018, Ross signed a one year $5.75 million contract with the Detroit Tigers. He won his first game as a Tiger in a 3–1 decision on April 7, 2019 against the Kansas City Royals, which was also the first game he ever pitched at Comerica Park. He was placed on the disabled list on May 12, 2019 due to a ulnar neuritis in his right elbow.
Ross has four pitches. His best pitch 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.
Tyson's younger brother Joe is a pitcher for the Washington Nationals. His father is a pediatrician, and his mother an emergency room nurse in Oakland. His sister, Frankie, played soccer at Portland State University.
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