DENVER, CO - MAY 06: Manager Ron Washington #38 of the Texas Rangers visits the mound to talk to starting pitcher Robbie Ross Jr. #46 of the Texas Rangers as he works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning during Interleague play at Coors Field on May 6, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Robbie Ross was on top of the world as a rookie in 2012 — a longshot to make the club out of spring training who ended up vaulting himself into the upper echelon of big-league relief pitchers with a 6-0 record and a 2.22 ERA in 65 innings.
Last season, it was mainly more of the same though he got hit a little harder, finishing the year with a 3.03 ERA in 62 1/3 innings. Then, this spring he was stretched out as a starter and put into the starting rotation due to injuries and necessity.
For a short time he was pretty good. Then, things turned sour in a hurry and he was put back in the bullpen with hopes he could be better in a more familiar role. That didn't happen, and Ross was sent back to Triple-A to work out his kinks.
So far, that hasn't happened either.
He finished his 18 games (nine starts) with a 5.61 ERA, and it's only gotten worse in Round Rock, where he's been working as a starter.
On Wednesday in his third start with Round Rock, Ross was rocked for nine runs in 2 2/3 innings running his Round Rock totals to a 10.24 ERA in 13 2/3 innings in his four appearances.