Athlete Baseball player

Robbie Ross Jr.

Quick Facts

IntroBaseball player
A.K.A.Robbie Ross, Jr., Robert Charles “Robbie” Ross, Jr.
Is Athlete
Baseball player
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gendermale
Birth 24 June 1989, Lexington
Age31 years

Biography

Robert Charles Ross Jr. (born June 24, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously pitched in MLB for the Texas Rangers from 2012 to 2014.

Amateur career

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.

Professional career

Texas Rangers

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

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 made the Rangers opening day roster out of spring training in 2012. 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 Sox

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

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.

Personal life

Ross, who is married to his high school sweetheart, is also a Christian.