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From BR Bullpen
Robert Charles Ross Jr.
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 11", Weight 185 lb.
- High School Lexington (KY) Christian Academy
- Debut April 8, 2012
 Biographical Information
The son of minor leaguer Charles Ross, Ross went to high school at Lexington Christian Academy and originally planned to attend the University of Kentucky. However, he was selected by the Texas Rangers in the second round of the 2008 amateur draft and was signed by scout John Poloni.
Ross made his pro debut with the Spokane Indians in 2009, going 4-4 with a 2.66 ERA in 15 starts and earning a spot on the Northwest League All-Star team. He began the next summer with the Hickory Crawdads, posting a 8-7 record and 2.59 ERA in 16 starts before being promoted to the Bakersfield Blaze in July. He went 4-4 in 11 outings for Bakersfield and then joined the AA Frisco RoughRiders in time for the playoffs, making one start and taking a loss in the contest.
Ross started 2011 with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. He went 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA for the team and was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Year. He also earned an August promotion to Frisco, making 6 late-season starts for the club. He made the Rangers' Opening Day roster in 2012 as the sole lefty in their bullpen and appeared in his first big league game on April 8th, throwing a scoreless inning of relief against the Chicago White Sox. He was credited with his first victory on April 14th, when he came in in relief of Yu Darvish with two outs and the bases loaded in the 6th inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins and the score tied at 2-2; he retired Justin Morneau on a pop fly, then inherited the win when his teammates scored a pair of runs in the next half inning.