Who Should The Pittsburgh Pirates Target In A Potential Trade With The Nationals?
Right-handed starting pitcher Joe Ross
During the 2015 season one of Washington’s top prospects made his Major League debut. I am talking about right-handed starting pitcher Joe Ross. And there are few young starting pitchers in the Major Leagues with higher upside than Ross.
In two Major League seasons Joe Ross has made 32 starts and pitched in 35 games. Ross has pitched 181 2/3 innings averaging 8.03 K/9, 2.48 BB/9, 0.79 HR/9, and he owns a WHIP of 1.22. This has led to him posting a 3.52 ERA, 3.46 FIP, 3.76 xFIP, and a 3.4 WAR through his first two Major League seasons.
Joe Ross has better control than most young pitchers, and he does not allow very man home runs. Both of these qualities are always good ones to have. During his young career Ross owns a 45.5 percent ground ball rate and he has hit just eight batters.
The best pitch that Ross throws is a filthy slider.In his career opposing hitters own just a .157 batting average, .199 wOBA, and a wRC+ of 30 off of it. He also throws a plus change up and features a sinking fastball.
Joe Ross comes with five years of team control. Due to this, he would be a great addition to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ starting rotation both now and in the future. He is a player I would be targeting if I were Neal Huntington.