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Robbie Ross Jr.
6/24/1989 (27 y, 8 m)
2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 11, Overall: 57, Team: Texas Rangers
$1.8M / 1 Years (2017)
Ross agreed to a one-year deal with the Red Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration. (1/13/2017)
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Ross was sharp in his rookie season, but the Rangers bullpen is so loaded he's unlikely to see late-inning work. Still, he's more than a LOOGY -- the Rangers let him face 152 righties (.632 OPS) against 113 lefties (.612 OPS) last season. (Jack Moore)
Robbie Ross is a solid little reliever for the Texas Rangers, who pitched to a 3.03 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, with a 22% strikeout rate. He features a heavy sinker, and produces his share of contact, and due to a 28% line drive rate, his WHIP remained rather elevated. A lefty without a LOOGY role, Ross is used against right-handed and left-handed batters alike, and his results going forward should probably look fairly similar to 2013. His value in fantasy circles is virtually nil as the Ranger bullpen is stacked with closer and setup candidates. Look elsewhere for holds. If the Rangers go with Ross as a starter with Derek Holland out, he might be interesting, but even then only for half a season. (
The Quick Opinion:
Robbie Ross is just 24 and already has two years of Major League experience. He features a decent fastball with a plus sinker, although he doesn't miss a tremendous number of bats. Although he's capable of posting an attractive ERA, he's not slated to set-up nor close, so this lefty is probably best fit for your local waiver wire.
A starter throughout his minor league career but a reliever in the big leagues, Robbie Ross was called upon by the Rangers to start 12 games last year thanks to an injury-ravished rotation; it did not go well. Ross had a 5.70 ERA as a starter in 60 innings, but when he returned to the bullpen, it actually went worse: Ross’ 7.85 bullpen ERA was the ninth-worst in baseball for those with at least 10 innings. Ross was a solid left-handed reliever in 2012 and 2013, and with a clearer role, could return to form in 2015. Even when he was on his game in the bullpen, Ross wasn’t really a fantasy option, so feel free to ignore him on draft day. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Let’s be blunt: Ross wasn’t good in 2014, even when he was in the bullpen. Ross does have a history of bullpen success, though, and can be a fringe roster candidate in super deep AL-only holds leagues.
You would have probably gotten good odds if you wanted to wager cash on Robbie Ross getting more than five saves in 2015. You'd have made out like a bandit, too, if such props existed. The 26-year-old lefty acquitted himself satisfactorily in a Red Sox bullpen that more closely resembled a dumpster fire most of the time, posting a passable 3.86/3.64 ERA/xFIP combo. Operating exclusively as a reliever, the velocity ticked up a couple mph and Ross way much closer to his solid 2013 than his "eh" (at best) 2014. While Boston has likely made a nice find to carry over to their 2016 bullpen, fantasy owners are unlikely to find gold. The addition of guys like Craig Kimbrel and Carson Smith coupled with the returns of Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa will push Ross back into a low-leverage middle relief role. He has the potential to be a underrated cog in Boston's bullpen, but those guys have a tremendous amount more real life value than fantasy. Unless you are in the deepest of deep dynasty leagues, Ross doesn't have enough upside in rates or opportunity to merit a draft pick this season.(
The Quick Opinion:
After a mediocre 2014 where he got the chance to make a few starts for the Rangers, Ross transitioned back to the bullpen full-time in his first season in Boston. He quietly pitched quite well, helping at least a few roto owners pick up a couple vulture saves late in the 2015 campaign. However, he doesn't possess enough upside in a revamped Red Sox bullpen to be worth a speculative play in fantasy leagues.
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Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 3:33 AM ET
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