Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect Austin Ross was born and raised in Shreveport, LA—a mere four hours from where he played college ball in Baton Rouge.
The 22-year-old Ross—who earned a Pitcher of the Week Award and an All-Star nod in the Midwest League earlier this season—helped pitch the LSU Tigers to the College World Series title as a sophomore in 2009 before being drafted by the Brewers in the eighth round of the 2010 MLB draft.
It's been a fun ride for Ross as he's moved up through the Brewers' organization. He's currently taking the ball every fifth day for the Brevard County Manatees in the Florida State League—the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Brewers.
This is the first of two articles stemming from the interview—with this one giving a great outline on how Austin has put himself in position to be a MLB pitcher and what he needs to do from here on out to achieve that dream.
After speaking to Austin, two things came to mind. One, he is a stand-up guy who is a perfect fit for the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Secondly, to him, it's all about playing baseball.
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