The San Diego Padres had another disappointing season that saw a record with 10 more losses than wins in 2013. The good news is there is plenty to look forward to for the 2014 MLB season. One player in particular the organization is hoping will be able to continue his success is pitcher Tyson Ross.
Ross and fellow starting pitcher Andrew Cashner formed quite the duo in the rotation in 2013. The fact of the matter is the rotation will be built around them next year with the realization that Ross could play a huge role for the Padres. It is interesting because nobody expected Ross to play at such a high level in his first year with the team. Obviously, it is a pleasant surprise that could turn into something much more.
“Cash and Tyson, the way that they’ve thrown in the second half, is very encouraging,” manager Bud Black said, according to Padres.com. “… And with some guys coming back from injuries and the guys we have in the Minors, there’s a lot of encouraging signs.”
Ross was 3-8 with a 3.17 earned run average and 119 strikeouts in 35 appearances (16 starts). His numbers as a starter are slightly better as he posted a 3-5 record with a 3.06 ERA, 97 strikeouts and a .210 opponent’s batting average.
There is no question Ross has plenty to work on in the offseason and Spring Training in order to become the pitcher San Diego is hoping to see next season. With that being said, it is certainly encouraging to have someone of his talent and potential in the rotation.