Tyson Ross has thrown 11.1 consecutive scoreless innings in the Cactus League, pushing his overall spring ERA down to 2.76. His early success is pushing his stock higher and higher, which may eventually result in his winning the #5 spot in the starting rotation. At the very least, he may warrant a spot in the bullpen.
Via Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, manager Bud Black is impressed:
“I like the way he’s pitching the last couple starts,” Black said. “He’s doing his part to forge his way onto our roster, whether it’s in the bullpen or it’s in the rotation.”
Coming over from the Oakland Athletics in a November trade, Ross has a career 5.33 ERA in 148.2 innings. Despite the scoreless streak, Ross has allowed eight walks in 16.1 spring innings, which may be one cause for concern.