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Sunday, April 22, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: TYSON ROSS SP SAN DIEGO PADRES

Going back to his roots certainly looks like it is working out nicely for San Diego veteran pitcher Tyson Ross; with the game he tossed Friday when he was flirting with a no-hitter but then ultimately yielded just one hit, one earned run, and 10 K's in the win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.  That brought Ross' season totals to the following: 

2-1
2.81 ERA
1.01 WHIP
8.42 K/9
.250 BABIP

So when examing Ross, it needs to be stated that he is just now beginning to find himself after having 2016 almost completely wiped out due to TOS surgery and then barely pitching a year ago.  Signed to a no-risk deal by the Padres this past winter, Ross at the age of 31 is showing he still has enough to get by as a very good SP 4/5 based on the early results. At one time a tremendous strikeout pitcher prior to the surgery with the Padres (9.73 K/9 in 2015), Ross has lost his fastball some just like Matt Harvey due to the TOS.  Ross averaged 94.0 on his fastball in 2015 but now is down to just 91.9 this season. Unlike Harvey though, Ross is getting good results and his 8.42 K/9 is still very solid. Showing better control (2.45 BB/9) than he did previously and that has helped with the ratio battle so far this season. 

Now in terms of where this could go, Ross' .250 BABIP shows he has been getting a bit lucky but the strikeouts and better control are nice positives.  Right now I would start Ross every time out at home but monitor any road outing.  At the very least, Ross looks like a guy who should be on a fantasy baseball roster in all leagues that are applicable. 


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