A forgotten prospect who was picked earlier than Snell… Trying to make a comeback in SF

Forgotten pitcher Joe Ross (30) is trying to make a comeback in San Francisco.

On the 31st (Korean time), Maria Guardado, who is in charge of the San Francisco Giants on MLB.com, the official website of the Major League (MLB), said on her social media (SNS) that “Ross has signed a minor league contract with San Francisco.” Ross plans to compete for the roster in MLB spring training.

Ross is a former prospect who was selected (25th overall) in the first round of the 2011 draft (San Diego Padres). His pick-up order was faster than Trevor Story (Boston Red Sox, 1st round 45) and Blake Snell (San Diego, 1st round 52nd). His signing contract alone was 2.75 million dollars (3.4 billion won). He was also named to the Top 100 in the 2012 preseason prospect rankings by Baseball Prospectors. 메이저놀이터

Ross moved to Washington in December 2014, before his big league debut, in a triangle trade involving the San Diego, Washington Nationals, and Tampa Bay Rays. Players included in this trade at the time were Will Myers (now Cincinnati Reds) and Trey Turner (now Philadelphia Phillies).  

Ross, who made his MLB debut in 2015, went 26-28 with a 4.26 ERA through 2021. Every year, the potential did not explode as if it would explode. To make matters worse, in August 2021, the ulnar collateral ligament of the right elbow was partially torn, requiring a long period of rehabilitation treatment. His appearance last season was only 1 minor league Double-A game (3 innings, 2 hits, 4 strikeouts, no runs). San Francisco, which wanted to reinforce pitchers, prepared a safety device called a minor league contract to catch Ross, who is highly concerned about injury.  

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