|(October 31, 2010 - Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)|
At 30 years old, Ross has been given few seasons to prove himself a worthy starter.
He started his career with Detroit at a young age of 22 in 2003, where he was given six games to show what he had in him. Then he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he had played 14 games with them in one season.
In 2006, Ross played eight games with the Dodgers and two games with the Cincinnati Reds before he was traded to a team that needed him: the Florida Marlins, who started him in 91 games.
He played three and a half seasons with the Marlins, with his best season in 2009 where he posted a .270/.321/.469 slash line with 24 home runs and 90 RBI.
Last year, the Giants picked him up off of waivers and he struggled to find a rhythm by hitting .288 with three home runs in 33 games.
When he went to the playoffs, his luck turned right around.
Ross had never gone to the playoffs until 2010, so nobody knew how he would do against some tough pitching in tense situations.
Writing that sentence feels so silly now because Ross clearly knew what he was doing on his way to the Giants World Series victory.
He smashed a .298/.390/.686 line with five home runs (two against Roy Halladay in one game) and 10 RBI in only 15 games. Three out of five of his home runs broke up potential no-hitters from the opposing pitcher.
Ross instantly became a playoff hero for the Giants by clearly winning the NLCS MVP award by hitting .350 with three home runs, three doubles and five RBI in the series.
Today he finds himself with a new contract with the Giants as the well-deserved starting right fielder this spring.
Here is his projection:
.270 Batting Average
.332 On-Base %
.470 Slugging %
23 Home Runs