Rangers Sign Tyson Ross: 2017 Fantasy Value

The Rangers have added two pieces to the starting rotation. Most recently, the team signed Tyson Ross. What can we expect from him in 2017?

The Texas Rangers are adding players they think can help them compete in the American League West. They won the division last season but were eliminated in the Division Series. While some of the pitchers were good, the team was carried by the offense. As a result, the front office signed two starting pitchers. The most recent is Tyson Ross.

There isn’t anything to analyze about Ross’ 2016 season. He made one start, on Opening Day, and didn’t pitch again. In that one start, though, he went 5.1 innings with nine hits, seven earned runs, one walk and five strikeouts.

At the end, he had an 11.81 ERA and 1.875 WHIP. As someone who started Ross that game, it was safe to say I didn’t win that week.

It was later revealed that he had a shoulder issue and would miss the rest of the season. He tried avoiding surgery but had to undergo it eventually. He had surgery to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome.

The current reports state that Ross won’t be ready until May or June. Until then, the Rangers rotation is Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels, Martin Perez recent signee Andrew Cashner and A.J. Griffin.

Griffin is the most likely to lose his job once Ross is ready to return. He had a 5.07 ERA and 1.361 WHIP in 119 innings. However, to preserve the health of their pitchers, the Rangers could implement a six-man rotation.

If Ross can post similar numbers to what he did in 2015, then the Rangers will have a great starting five. It’ll be difficult because he won’t be making close to his career-high 33 starts. However, against some of the struggling offenses within the division, Ross can certainly post a 3.50 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.

Currently, Ross doesn’t rank inside my top-300 overall are top-65 starting pitchers. There are plenty of options available on draft day to not waste a pick on an injured player. Once healthy, however, he will be a highly sought-after waiver claim.