2011 MLB Draft Tracker: Padres Pick Up Joe Ross

25. San Diego Padres: Joe Ross (RHP, Bishop O'Dowd HS)

Ross, an Oakland native, is the younger brother of A's pitcher Tyson Ross. Joe throws his fastball in the mid-90s and has a strong curve, a decent changeup, and good control. Ross might have gone higher in the draft, but there are concerns about both his signability - he's committed to UCLA - and his health (he has a history of elbow soreness), but some say the latter concern has been overblown. As a pitcher, he's not particularly similar to his brother, and there's some thought that he might ultimately be best-suited to bullpen duties if durability becomes an issue.

Ross has excellent overall athleticism and also draws praise for his makeup, work ethic, and level of intelligene. It might not be cheap to sign him away from UCLA, but the Padres are unlikely to have used this pick on him without having a good read on his signability.

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