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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