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Robert Charles Ross Jr. (born June 24, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox.

Robbie Ross Jr.
Robbie Ross Jr. on June 2, 2016.jpg
Ross pitching for the Boston Red Sox in 2016
Free agent
Relief pitcher
Born: (1989-06-24) June 24, 1989 (age 28)
Lexington, Kentucky
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 8, 2012, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record 16–12
Earned run average 3.92
Strikeouts 274
Teams

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Amateur careerEdit

Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Ross attended Lexington Christian Academy, where he competed in both baseball and soccer. Ross had a 1.98 career ERA with 176 strikeouts in 116 innings, and also hit .404 with 52 RBIs and 33 stolen bases. During his senior year, Ross was selected as the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year in Kentucky.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Texas RangersEdit

Ross was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the second round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft out of Lexington Christian Academy.[2]

In 2011, he had a 10-5 win–loss record with a 2.34 earned run average with the Class A Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Double-A Frisco Roughriders.

 
Ross during his tenure with the Texas Rangers in 2012 spring training

Ross made the Rangers opening day roster out of spring training in 2012.[3] He made his major league debut on April 8, 2012 against the Chicago White Sox. Robbie's first strikeout victim was Paul Konerko. His first major league victory came April 14, 2012 against the Minnesota Twins in relief of Yu Darvish. The very next day, he picked up his second victory, also against the Twins, in relief of Neftalí Feliz.

Boston Red SoxEdit

On January 27, 2015, the Rangers traded Ross to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Anthony Ranaudo.[4]

In his first season with the Red Sox, Ross appeared in 54 games, collecting an 0-2 record, with a 3.86 ERA, striking out 53 batters.

In 2016, Ross was an integral part of the Boston bullpen, appearing in 54 games, racking up 55.1 innings, to the tune of a 3-2 record and 56 strikeouts. Ross' 2017 season was cut short due to a back injury, he appeared in only 8 games. He was outrighted off the roster after the season and he elected to become a free agent.

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