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3/19/1977 (39 y, 11 m, 1 d)
1998 June Amateur Draft - Round: 7, Pick: 23, Overall: 216, Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
$5M / 2 Years (2015 - 2016)
Ross will end his playing career after he was named a special assistant to the baseball operations with the Cubs on Friday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. (1/19/2017)
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As backup catchers go, Ross has a decent stick, but he showed last season that his bat doesn’t carry as much thunder as it used to. He has been a much better hitter against right-handed pitching across the past four seasons, but with Brian McCann around, he doesn’t get many chances to ply his wares. (Paul Swydan)
In 663 plate appearances for the Braves from 2009-2012, Ross hit .269/.353/.463 with 24 home runs and 94 RBI. He acted as the top backup in baseball behind one of the top catchers in baseball over that time frame, and now may have the opportunity to receive more time with the Red Sox as Jarrod Saltalamacchia's backup. With "Salty's" poor on-base skills, Ross will have the ability to pry more and more time away if he is able to hitand play defense as he did in a part time role in Atlanta. Moving to a better ballpark for right-handed hitters should help balance out the expected drop in numbers if he receives more plate appearances against same-handed pitchers. At the very least, he will be a sneaky option in daily leagues to start when the Red Sox face a left-handed pitcher. (Ben Duronio)
The Quick Opinion:
The backup in Atlanta played better defense and had better on base skills. Even if Ross ends up being stuck as the backup all season in Boston, he still has a much better chance to see more regular play in Boston than he did in Atlanta. Keep an eye on how Ross is utilized in spring training and early in the season to get a better idea of how to gauge his fantasy usefulness.
Boston's backup catcher suffered through an up-and-down 2013. His season was marred by two concussions, the second of which kept him out for two months during the heat of summer. When he did play, he wasn't terribly relevant from an offensive perspective, posting a passable, but unspectacular .304 weight on base average. With Jarrod Saltalamacchia out of the picture, Ross is in line for a few more at bats, although A.J. Pierzynski will be the primary Red Sox catcher in 2014. Those who have deep benches and can make daily moves can use Ross as a "versus lefties" platoon guy, but otherwise, he's not interesting in fantasy leagues. (
The Quick Opinion:
David Ross is riding a small wave of support following his theft of the starting catching job from Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the World Series, but with his mediocre regular season numbers and A.J. Pierzynski's signing, Ross will return to a backup role (and fantasy irrelevance) in 2014.
The most memorable thing to me about David Ross this past year was the plantar fasciitis that severely hobbled him throughout the second half. Already a statue before the injury, you couldn't help but wonder if Ross would move faster with one of those one-legged wheelie cart things to help him mozie around the bases. The injury doesn't really show up in his numbers -- Ross has never been a full-time player, and his baserunning value was in line with his previous seasons. In fact, it was a little bit better than most of his previous seasons, 2013 notwithstanding. His slugging percentage and isolated power didn't drop much, and his average batted ball distance only dropped by five feet (185' to 180', according to Baseball Heat Maps). There's obviously a chance the injury could bother him again in 2015 and beyond, but the Cubs felt comfortable signing him to a two-year deal, so for the time being let's assume he'll be fine. Now, most leagues don't require you to have a backup catcher, so simply by way of his job description, Ross is not someone you would normally target for your league. But if you're in a deep league where you need to employ two catchers, you could do worse than Ross. Just as long as that league doesn't count batting average as one of its categories. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
David Ross is a backup catcher who doesn't hit for average, so unless you're in a deep league that doesn't count batting average, he's not someone you should target at all.
Entering his age 39 campaign, Ross is probably on his farewell tour. Unlike Derek Jeter, Chipper Jones, or Mariano Rivera, don't expect opposing clubs to shower him with gifts. Ross has carved out a long career as a lefty mashing backup catcher. He's still a solid backstop, but the lefty mashing disappeared last season. Like, really disappeared. Perhaps it's just a small sample blip, but Ross seemingly has very little left in the tank. (Brad Johnson)
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