Robbie Ross RP TEX 1 Month
According to Todd Wills of MLB.com, Robbie Ross has his sights set on earning a spot in the Rangers starting rotation.
Ross has enjoyed his role in the bullpen the past few seasons, but stated ,"obviously my biggest goal is to be a starter one day, and I'd like to get that opportunity this year. Hopefully I can go in there and try to seize it." His focus this offseason has been to stretch out his arm in preparation for the transition, including refining his secondary offerings in the Dominican Republic. Provided he earns a spot, he's worthy of a look in mixed leagues.
Robbie Ross RP TEX 4 Months
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that Robbie Ross is a "full-fledged candidate" for the Rangers' rotation next season.
Ross was also a candidate for the rotation last spring training but was moved back to the bullpen in late March. The left-hander is starting in the Dominican Winter League in order to build up some innings for a possible move to the rotation. Although all 123 of Ross' appearances at the major league level have come in relief, he posted a 2.88 ERA as a starter in the minors.
Robbie Ross RP TEX 9 Months
Robbie Ross retired the only batter he faced in relief Sunday night against the Cardinals.
Interestingly, it snapped a streak of 11 consecutive appearances in which Ross had struck out at least one batter, a stretch that began on May 30. The left-hander has been dynamite this year, posting a 1.51 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 37/12 K/BB rate over 35 2/3 innings to go with 11 holds.
Robbie Ross RP TEX 12 Months
Robbie Ross has been moved back to the bullpen.
Ross has put up a 3.07 ERA over 14 2/3 Cactus League innings, but the Rangers prefer to keep him in the bullpen, where he posted a 2.22 mark as a rookie last year. The competition for the No. 5 starter spot is down to Nick Tepesch, Randy Wells, Derek Lowe and Justin Grimm, with Tepesch looking like the favorite at the moment.
Robbie Ross RP TEX 12 Months
Robbie Ross tossed three scoreless innings in Sunday's split-squad win over the Cubs.
Ross was supposed to pitch five innings, but was removed early after working up a high pitch count. It was a wildly effective outing, as he allowed three walks and gave up four hits. Ross is competing with Justin Grimm and non-roster invite Nick Tepesch for the final spot in the Rangers' Opening Day rotation.
Robbie Ross RP TEX Mar 10 '13
Robbie Ross allowed two runs on three hits and was pulled in the third inning of Sunday's win over the Indians.
Ross was scheduled to throw four innings but was taken out early after working up a high pitch-count. He gave up three walks and struggled with his command. It was his worst performance to date, so it shouldn't be a major concern on his chances of winning an Opening Day rotation spot. Justin Grimm came on late for the Rangers and picked up the save after allowing just one run over the final three innings.
Robbie Ross RP TEX Mar 06 '13
Robbie Ross tossed four innings of one-run ball in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.
Ross allowed four hits -- including a solo homer to Scott Hairston -- while striking out one and walking no one. The southpaw sports a 3.00 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over his first nine innings this spring and might be the favorite for the fifth spot in the rotation following Martin Perez's injury. That's assuming, of course, that the Rangers don't seek help outside the organization.
Robbie Ross RP TEX Dec 13 '12
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the team will consider moving Robbie Ross into the rotation if they don't acquire another starter.
The Rangers have four set starters in Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison and Alexi Ogando, and they'll get Colby Lewis back around midseason. If Ross is indeed tried out as a starter, he would compete with Martin Perez for the final spot in the rotation. The southpaw put up a 2.22 ERA in 2012 out of the bullpen but made all but one of his appearances in the minors as a starter.