But throughout Spring Training all of them fell off the board either for a subpar spring session or injury until it was just Cotts and Ross still standing. When Cotts was taken out due to an injury Robbie Ross became a member of the major league Texas Rangers.
But who is Robbie Ross? He was born June 24, 1989 in Lexington, Kentucky. The left-handed pitcher was drafted in the second round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft by the Texas Rangers. After the draft his first stop with the Rangers was witht he short season A Spokane Indians. With the short season A team Ross went 4-4 with a 2.66 ERA. This was good enough for him to start the 2009 with the Hickory Crawdads. He performed well enough to perform a midseason promotion to Advanced A level with the Bakersfield Blaze.
2011 he began the season with the new Advanced A affiliate the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Ross started 20 games by the beach and went 9-4 with a complete game. His overall ERA was 2.26 in the 123.1 innings that he was on the mound. At the advanced A level he had a WHIP of 1.054 and a so/bb ratio of 3.50.
Late in 2011 the Rangers promoted him to AA Frisco. The 6 games that he pitched for Frisco were mostly very well pitched. Ross went 1-1 in 38 innings. He had 5 walks and 5 homeruns which were curious numbers for the lefthander. His WHIP in Frisco was great 1.000.
The story of Robbie Ross is an excellent one for the idea of baseball. Beyond that there are some things that Rangers fans need to keep in mind. So if he struggles and you think about asking Jon Daniels to DFA Ross remember:
1.) He has never been a relief pitcher before. In 4 different minor league levels he was a starting pitcher.
2.) Ross has pitched only games above the A levels.
3.) He is 22 with 3 years of experience in the minors. This is due to the fact that he came out of high school to the majors before going to college.
I have enjoyed watching Ross mature over the years, from seeing him pitch at Lexington Christian Academy, Hickory Crawdads and Myrtle Beach. I hope that he is prepared to be in the majors, but if something should happen and he isn’t ready I think it is imperative that his arm and the emptions behind pitching are looked after.
Good luck Robbie and Go Rangers!