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A's Draftee Tyson Ross: Stud or Crud?

Lucas DavisCorrespondent IJune 10, 2008

Tyson Ross has many saying he was one of the best pitchers to slide in the draft after being picked in the second round by the Oakland Athletics.

Ross, a 21-year-old junior from University of California-Berkeley, entered the season as a top name on most teams' radars, but some scouts said he had a sub-par season at Cal, in which he went 6-6 with a 2.49 ERA.

On March 22, Ross struck out 16 batters against Oral Roberts. Throwing a fastball that averages in the mid-90s and a changeup that averages in the mid-70s, Ross employs an unusual throwing style, limiting his pitch count.

Scouts believe that, if he doesn't change his motion, he could have trouble advancing past the minors as a starter and perhaps be groomed as a closer instead.

"If he works hard, he could become a Mike Mussina, who shares the same throwing style," said a scout on Scout.com after the 2008 draft.

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