Let’s continue our Year in Review series with a look at a pitcher that began to come into his own in starting pitcher Tyson Ross.
Ross came in one of the best moves that Josh Byrnes made in his tenure as GM of the Padres. Ross was acquired before the 2013 season for Andy Parrino and Andrew Werner. Ross was given a shot to make 16 starts last year and was a full fledged starter in 2014 and all he did was become an All-Star.
Ross’ final record was 13-14, but with the Padres bad offense, that record could have certainly been better than that. June was his worst month, going 0-4 with a 3.94 ERA. He came right back in July, going 4-2 with a 1.10 ERA. Ross struck out 195 batters in 195.1 innings with a 1.21 WHIP.
One of the best parts of Ross 2014 campaign was how he did in situations. With two outs and RISP, opposing hitters hit just .153. Ross needs to work on being better at the start of the game. Opponents hit .254 against him in the first inning. The only other inning hitters hit above .250 off him was the sixth. (Not counting the eighth inning, he only pitched into the eighth three times)
Ross needs to work on getting deeper into games. In only 13 of his 30 starts did Ross pitch into the seventh inning or later. Ross is arbitration eligible and Ross looks to be a big part of the Padres rotation moving forward.