Padres News: How Far Can Tyson Ross Go In 2015?


Is Tyson Ross an ace on the San Diego Padres pitching staff? Well as you know, if you are a Padres fan and you watched Padres baseball last season, you know that Tyson Ross has matured into more than just a 3rd or 4th starter option; he has become the second ace on the Padres staff. The other being Andrew Cashner. For one, Tyson Ross became the innings-eater that the Padres needed so much in their rotation, which is a sign of an ace, another thing about him that was that he performed consistently at an elite level every time he made a start for the team. 

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You want to know what is even better than that? Tyson Ross is one of the top pitchers in the Majors who has made batters swing and miss the most. According to the article by Jeff Sanders of U-T San Diego, Only three other pitchers have a better percentage in making batters swing and miss more than Tyson Ross and those pitchers are Francisco Lirano who has a 13.4 percent ratio, Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers with a 12.4 percent, and Cole Hamels of the Phillies who comes in at 12 percent have induced greater swings and misses among pitchers who have thrown more than 300 innings since 2013.

So how productive can he be in 2015? Well, coming off a slight strain of a flexor tendon in his right forearm that cut his season short in 2014, if he can come back from that fully healthy, Tyson Ross can be one of the two aces the Padres have on their staff for the 2015 season, and with the supporting cast of ace Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy, and veteran arms like Josh Johnson and Brandon Morrow in the rotation, the Padres rotation could be one opposing teams don’t want to mess with.

Along with the new-look lineup that looks a lot more threatening than it used to, the Padres could be a team that makes a lot of noise this year, and if they can stay healthy and be consistent on offense and defense, a wild card could be in the team’s immediate future.

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