Texas Rangers pitcher Robbie Ross throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
At this time last year, Robbie Ross was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA for the Single-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
At this time this year, Robbie Ross is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA and leads all of Major League Baseball with his four victories, a MLB record for six appearances. That's quite a step.
Ross, the only lefty in the Rangers' bullpen, came in to replace Scott Feldman on Wednesday in what was dubbed a bullpen start for the Rangers to help make up for the doubleheader on Saturday in Detroit. He proceeded to go 2 2/3 innings without allowing a hit or walk, striking out two.
Ross, who is just 22 years old, is probably looked at to eventually be a starter in the bigs, but with the youth in the Rangers' rotation and guys like Martin Perez on the horizon, there might not be room for him in the rotation.
If Ross can keep this up, it'll be unexpected, without a doubt. It would also give the Rangers a seemingly untouchable bullpen (with the possible exception being Joe Nathan). Imagine this version of Ross and Alexi Ogando in the fifth, sixth or seventh innings if the starter falters, then Mike Adams in the eighth and Joe Nathan in the ninth.
That's a beautiful thing.