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.
It used to be that the top dog in a team’s baseball operations department was the general manager. That has changed over the past several years with some combination of title inflation, a genuine addition of supervisory layers and, on some level, employe poaching insurance leading to the top dog now being called, usually, a “president of baseball operations.”
Brewers’ general manager David Stearns is the latest to assume that tile, as the club just announced that he has been promoted to Milwaukee’s president of baseball operations. He has also received a contract extension of unknown length.
Not a big shock given how well the Brewers did in 2018, winning the NL Central title and playing in the NLCS. It’s also worth noting — with a nod to that “employee poaching insurance” item above — that Stearns has drawn some interest from other organizations. It’s thus not unfair to see the promotion is both a thanks for a job well done and a means of keeping other teams’ hands off of him, as employees are generally not given permission to interview for lateral moves, but are given permission to interview for promotions.
The Mudville Nine may have wanted to steal him from Milwaukee, but for Stearns to get a promotion from where he is now would require the creation of some other lofty title.