This is the third installment of our 2012 Spring Training Notebook, which chronicles time spent on the backfields in Arizona watching Padres prospects. Check back for more notes and observations on top players and batting practice, game and bullpen videos still to come.
Joe Ross – Ross has been the talk of spring so far among scouts and coaches. Everyone who has worked with him is quick to point out his fantastic makeup and excellent rapport with the coaching staff and his teammates – one reason why the Padres weren’t hesitant to send Ross directly to the Midwest League to start his career.
His fastball has sat comfortably in the 93-95 range, topping out at 96 in each outing. He’s got great feel for both his 12-to-6 curveball and fading changeup, throwing both for strikes to right and left-handed batters.
Ross’ delivery is very smooth and his arm action is clean. He has more than enough athleticism to repeat his delivery over extended outings and already commands his pitches well.
Padres coaches were working with Ross to extend out the release point on his curveball to give it more bite during a bullpen session as he has a tendency to throw it more for called strikes than a swinging out pitch.
Ross has a well-proportioned frame that should allow him to draw more strength in his leg drive as he matures, removing any unnecessary stress from his arm. Continue reading “2012 Spring Training Notes: Ross, Wisler, Barbato, Jackson, Paz, De Paula, Reyes, Hebner” »