Ross The Boss
On Friday April 20th, Padres starter Tyson Ross nearly made history against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tyson came within 4 outs of the first no hitter in team history. With two outs in the 8th inning, Ross gave up a double to Christian Walker to break up the no-hit bid and tie the game at 1. Although the Padres won the game, it was disappointing to not see the no hitter.
Tyson Ross was born and raised in Oakland, California. He played college baseball at Cal Berkeley and was drafted by his hometown team in 2008. In 2008 Ross made 6 appearances for Single-A Kane County, posting a 4.66 ERA. In 2009, he began the season with Single-A Stockton, starting 18 games and posted a 5-6 record with a 4.17 ERA. 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 and fanned 31.
Ross made his debut with the A’s on April 7th, 2010. His first strike out was the legendary outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. He picked up his first career win in May vs. the Rangers. He worked out of the bullpen until July but was sent down to AAA to be groomed to be a starter. He finished the season with a 3.55 ERA in six starts for the Triple-A Sacramento. Ross started 2011 in AAA but was called back up to the big leagues to be in the bullpen and was brought into the starting rotation to replace the injured Dallas Braden. He made six starts but went to the DL with a strained oblique and spent the rest of the season in AAA.
After spending 2012 going back and forth between AAA and the majors, Ross was traded to the Padres in November 2012. He won a starting rotation spot heading into 2013 but found himself in the DL once again after three starts due to an injury he sustained from swinging his bat. He did not return to the starting rotation until July 23rd and finished the 2013 season with a 3–8 record and 3.17 ERA. He continued to improve in 2014 with a 13–14 record and 2.81 ERA, with 185 strikeouts against 72 walks in 95 2⁄3 innings. Ross was also selected to his first and only all star team in 2014. His strikeout total jumped to 212 in 2015 and he finished with a 10-12 record and a 3.26 ERA. Ross started the 2016 season but his season was cut short due to a shoulder injury he sustained in his first start.
After the Padres declined his option, Ross signed a one year contract with the Texas Rangers but only made 12 apparences and was released in September 2017. He signed a Minor League deal with the Padres in 2018. So far this season, Ross is 2-2 in 5 starts with a 3.64 ERA, including his near no hitter vs the Diamondbacks.
The Padres record stands a 9-17 as they get ready to face off vs the New York Mets in a three game series at Petco this weekend before heading to AT&T Park to take on the Giants. Clayton Richard (1-2 5.67 ERA) will get the ball on Friday and Joey Lucchesi (2-1 2.70 ERA) will take the mound on Saturday.