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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Dave Ross, Crackling Slider - 3066

Dave Ross' night started off rocky, according to The Philadelphia Daily News.

Ross got called into this July 1989 contest with rookie Martinsville, the bases loaded. The hurler, though, ended up getting in the way of a pop foul, then hitting the batter, plating a run, The Daily News wrote.

Ross then gave up a sacrifice fly, The Daily News wrote in its profile on the Martinsville team. Ross then went on to set down six batters of the next nine on strikes, "with a crackling slider."

Ross was in his first season as a pro. He went on to get two more seasons, but he never made the bigs, or AA.

Ross' pro career began that June, taken by the Phillies in the 22nd round out of Saddleback College in California. He went to Saddleback after growing up in Alberta, Canada.

With the Phillies, Ross started at Martinsville. There, he got into 18 games, five starts. He went 3-2, with a 3.55 ERA over 45.2 innings of work.

For 1990, he moved to short-season Batavia, going 3-1 over 26 outings, three starts. He also picked up three saves. In one August game, Ross went 2.1 innings, giving up four runs, none of them earned.

Ross' time at Batavia was his last with the Phillies. For 1991, Ross moved to the Cubs system and single-A Peoria. There, Ross got into 39 relief outings, posting a 3.45 ERA. He picked up two saves and four wins. It was his final season as a pro.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally  
Players/Coaches Featured:1,170
Made the Majors: 675 - 57.7%
Never Made Majors: 495-42.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 291
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 174

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