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 196 Major League games for Oakland (2010-12), San Diego (2013-16, 2018), Texas (2017), St. Louis (2018) and Detroit (2019)…Tall, athletic right-handed pitcher enters his sixth Major League season and first full season following Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery in July 2017...He opted out of the 2020 season...Commands the strike zone, having issued 2.87 walks per 9.0 innings in five Major League seasons...Displays composure and mound presence beyond his years...Has posted a 3.91 ERA in 57 career Major League starts...Burst on the Major League scene in 2015 after being acquired as part of a three-team deal, that also yielded infielder Trea Turner in December of 2014.
Opted out of the 2020 season.
Enjoyed three stints with the Nationals in 2019...Opened the season in the bullpen, but was moved to the rotation following the All-Star break...Went 4-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) from that point on...In his last eight starts of 2019: 4-1, 2.75 ERA (12 ER/39.1 IP), 32 strikeouts and two home runs...Allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of the eight starts...Recorded a 17.1 scoreless inning streak from Aug. 2 to Aug. 13...It was the longest scoreless inning streak by a Nationals pitcher in 2019...Ross posted a 1.80 ERA (2 ER/10.0 IP) with 12 strikeouts and four walks in his final two regular season starts of the season...Made two Postseason appearances, both in the World Series...Tossed 2.0 innings of one-hit, scoreless relief in Game 3...Was called on to start Game 5 after Max Scherzer was scratched with neck spasms...Allowed four earned runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of work.
Made his return to the mound after rehabing from "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery in July 2017...Began his rehab outings on Aug. 6 and returned to active roster on Sept. 4....Made six rehab starts, going 2-1 with a 2.39 ERA between the Gulf Coast League, Single-A Potomac, Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse...His first Major League start of the 2018 season came on Sept. 13 vs. New York (NL)...He threw 5.0 IP of two-run ball, giving up four hits and walking two...Made his final start of the season on Sept. 28.
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.