In case you’re wondering why Doug Fister is moving to the pen upon Stephen Strasburg’s return, this may have something to do with it:
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 7, 2015
That’s ridiculous and wholly unexpected and totally unsustainable. Ross, who came to Washington this offseason along with “Shortstop of the Future” Trea Turner in the Steven Souza deal, has a career minor league ERA of 3.64 and K-BB ratio of 2.82.
So how’s he doing so phenomenally well at the Major League level? His career progression may have something to do with it. Via B-R:
*In 29 A ball starts: 4.21 ERA, 2.08 K-BB ratio
*In 19 high A starts: 3.98 ERA, 3.11 K-BB ratio
*In 13 AA appearances (12 starts): 3.03 ERA, 5.62 K-BB ratio
*in five AAA starts (all this year): 2.19 ERA, 2.14 K-BB ratio
Basically, he just keeps getting better, and now he’s got a 2.80 ERA in seven starts with the Nats, with more starts to come.
In a related story, Fister, who was one of the NL’s top 10 starters last year, is entering free agency.