LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Former Lexington Christian product Robbie Ross admits he’s living a dream, one shared by young baseball players everywhere. The left-handed pitcher is in his second season with the Texas Rangers.
“It’s always been a dream that you have when you’re a kid,” Ross recently told WKYT. “Right now, you’re just excited about living it, being in it, enjoying it.”
Ross was a second-round pick in the 2008 draft. After spending time in Class A Myrtle Beach and Double A Frisco, Ross made the Rangers’ opening day roster last season. His major league debut came on April 8, 2012 against the White Sox.
“The biggest thing is I’m just soaking it all in. I’m just so thankful that the Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to be here.”
Here is Chicago’s Wrigley Field, where the Rangers haven’t played in more than 10 years. Ross says he loves playing in America’s iconic ballparks.
“It’s crazy,” he said. “You go to all these different parks and get to see different things. The history of the park is unbelievable and it’s just exciting to be here. It’s cold, but you get used to that being from Kentucky.”
Ross has pitched 5 2/3 innings of relief this season, striking out three. He has hopes of cracking the Rangers starting rotation.
“During the spring, I got to work out and see what I’d do in that time. It ended up not happening right now, but hopefully one day down the road I’ll be in the starting rotation,” Ross said. “Right now, I’m just enjoying coming out of the pen.”
After All-Star Josh Hamilton took his bat to the Angels, and Mike Napoli left for Boston. Ross said the Rangers pitching staff will be counted upon to take up some of the slack.
“Our defense is great. Our hitting is great. So if we can just keep working and doing the best we can in pitching, it’s what we have to do.”