Joseph Andrew Ross...Attended Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, Calif...Went 5-4 with a 0.92 ERA during his senior season...Committed to play baseball at UCLA before signing with the San Diego Padres following the 2011 First-Year Player Draft...Older brother, Tyson, has appeared in 153 Major League games for Oakland (2010-12) and San Diego (2013-16).
Had his third season in Washington cut short after undergoing "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery in July...Made his final start of the season on July 9 vs. ATL...In previous four starts, was 2-1 with a 2.36 ERA (7 ER/26.2 IP), 22 strikeouts and eight walks...Struck out a career-high 12 batters on June 8 vs. BAL...Matched a career high with 8.0 innings on May 23 vs. SEA (8.0 IP, 5 H, ER, 6 SO)...Opened the season by receiving 62 runs of support, the most in MLB history through a pitcher's first four starts of the season, per Elias ...His 10.14 average run support would have been first in MLB, if qualified...Opened the season with Triple-A Syracuse, but was recalled on April 19...Was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on May 1 before being recalled on May 23.
Began the season in Washington's rotation before being placed on the disabled list on July 3...Missed 66 games due to right shoulder inflammation...Posted a 2.79 ERA (3 ER/9.2 IP) with 14 strikeouts against just three walks in three games after reinstatement on Sept. 18...Posted a 19.2 scoreless innings streak from April 10 to April 30, the longest of any Washington pitcher and 13th-longest in the NL in 2016...Struck out 28 batters against just four walks (7.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio) over his five starts prior to his DL stint...Surrendered a home run to Nick Castellanos on May 10 vs. DET, the first home run he had allowed in 160 at bats, a streak that dated to August, 2015...He entered that game as the only qualified (3.09 batters faced/team game) starting pitcher in MLB to not allow a home run to that point in 2016, and, via the Elias Sports Bureau, his 160 at-bat streak was the third longest in MLB at that time behind only CIN's RHP Blake Wood (174 at-bats) and BOS's RHP Carson Smith (172 at-bats)...Ross made his first Postseason appearance, starting Game 4 of the NLDS at Los Angeles.
In first season in Washington's system, started at Double-A Harrisburg before having his contract purchased on June 6 and made his MLB debut that day vs. CHI (5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 SO)...Solidified with his next two starts, June 13 at MIL (8.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 8 SO) and June 19 vs. PIT (7.1 IP, 6 H, R, ER, BB, 11 SO)...With that 11 K effort, Ross became just the third rookie to strike out at least 10 batters in a game in Nationals history, joining RHP Stephen Strasburg (14 - 6/8/10; 10 - 6/18/10) and LHP John Lannan (11- 4/7/08)...Allowed three or fewer earned runs in his first seven career starts, tying LHP Micah Bowie (7 GS, 5/20-6/22/2007) for the second-longest such streak by a starting pitcher to begin a career in Nationals history (2005-present)..Made 13 starts before moving to the bullpen for the final three weeks of the season...Ranked among National League rookie starting pitchers (min. 13 GS) in on-base percentage (2nd, .280), WHIP (3rd, 1.11), fewest walks (4th, 21), strikeout-to-walk ratio (5th, 3.29) and strikeouts per nine innings (8th, 8.10)...Set a Nationals record (2005-present) by starting his career facing 51 consecutive batters before issuing his first walk (June 13 at MIL - A. Lind)...Prior to Yasiel Puig's home run on August 11 at LAD, Ross faced 100 right-handed batters before surrendering an extra base hit...Right-handed batters hit just .172 (26-for-151) with one double, one triple, three home runs, 14 RBI, six walks and 42 strikeouts... When promoted, Ross ranked among Eastern League pitchers in ERA (T10th, 2.81) and strikeouts (4th, 54)...His 54 strikeouts led Washington Minor Leaguers while his 2.81 ERA was good for fourth...Was rated by Baseball America as the No. 8 prospect in the Eastern League following the season... He entered the season rated as the No. 96 prospect in all of baseball...Prior to being traded to the Nationals, was rated by Baseball America as the No. 4 prospect in San Diego's chain.
Spent the entire season with Single-A Fort Wayne making 23 starts and being named to the Midwest League All-Star team...Held opposing hitters to a .186 (8-for-43) average and no home runs with runners in scoring position and two outs...Following the campaign, was ranked as the Padres' No. 10 prospect and the Midwest League's No. 14 prospect by Baseball America.
Opened the year at Single-A Fort Wayne, also making starts with the Rookie-Level Arizona Padres and at Short-A Eugene...Entered the season ranked as the No. 10 prospect in the Padres organization by Baseball America.
Made just one relief appearance for Rookie-Level Arizona in his fi rst professional season.