Outside the box is a daily article that is simple, fresh, and innovative. Here, we will be walking throw-away pitchers to the pedestal for a quick examination of their skills.
On The Pedestal: Joe Ross
Current ADP: 586
Brief Examination: After taking off for the 2020 season it looks like Joe Ross will have a spot in the Nationals rotation. Since 2017 Ross has only pitched 153.2 innings, but even worse it came with a 5.21 ERA and 4.91 FIP.
Ross did excited Nationals fans in 2015 and 2016 where he averaged a 3.52 ERA but it has since fallen apart. He mainly throws four pitches in a four-seam, sinker, slider, and curveball. The four-seam actually took a step forward in 2019 but his slider took a step back. He did discover a curveball that looked impressive and it paired well with his four-seam. The major flaw with Ross is command, in 2019 all of his pitches had a wRC+ of 100 or more.
Interesting Stat: In 2016 and 2017 Joe Ross’ slider had a 21.7 SwStr%.
Role: He makes sense in draft and holds leagues or leagues with large rosters. The reason being is you know he will be pitching. It’s also interesting if he can utilize that new curveball because if so that gives him two breaking pitches that are above average.