ROSS Thomas Ross STRIPLING
Image of Chicken Strip
Nickname:   Chicken Strip Position:   RHP
Home: N/A Team:   GIANTS
Height: 6' 2" Bats:   R
Weight: 220 Throws:   R
DOB: 11/23/1989 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 68  
Birth City: Blue Bell, PA
Draft: Dodgers #5 - 2012 - Out of Texas A&M
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G IP H SO BB GS CG SHO SV W L OBA ERA
2012 PIO OGDEN   14 36.1 26 37 6 12 0 0 0 1 0   1.24
2013 SL CHATTANOOGA   21 94 91 83 19 16 0 0 1 6 4   2.78
2013 CAL RANCHO CUCAMONGA   6 33.2 24 34 11 6 0 0 0 2 0   2.94
2014 - DL- Tommy John                            
2015 TL TULSA   13 67.1 61 55 19 13 1 0 0 3 6   3.88
2015 MWL GREAT LAKES   1 4 1 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0   0.00
2016 AZL GLENDALE   1 3 2 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1   3.00
2016 PCL OKLAHOMA CITY   5 16.2 20 17 2 4 0 0 0 0 2   3.78
2016 NL DODGERS $508.00 22 100 96 74 30 14 0 0 0 5 9 0.25 3.96
2017 NL DODGERS $540.00 49 74.1 69 74 19 2 0 0 2 3 5 0.246 3.75
2017 PCL OKLAHOMA CITY   3 3.1 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 1   0.00
2018 NL DODGERS $555.00 33 122 123 136 22 21 0 0 0 8 6 0.257 3.02
2019 NL DODGERS $595.00 32 90.2 84 93 20 15 0 0 0 4 4 0.244 3.47
2020 NL DODGERS $1,629.00 7 33.2 38 27 11 0 0 0 0 3 1 0.279 5.61
2020 AL BLUE JAYS   5 15.2 18 13 7 2 0 0 1 0 2 0.286 6.32
2021 AL BLUE JAYS   24 101 99 94 30 19 0 0 0 5 7 0.251 4.80
Personal
  • Stripling grew up in the Dallas suburbs playing baseball, basketball, and football. He said he didn't concentrate on baseball until he fractured his kneecap playing basketball in high school. He graduated from Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas in 2008. 

    Ross did not pitch for Carroll High until his senior year, after a broken leg prior to the season rendered him unable to play in the infield. Baseball wasn't really a sport he was very good at, not making the varsity as a junior. He was better at football and basketball. But while recovering from the broken leg, his coach kept him busy by charting pitches during preseason scrimmages.

    "I didn't want to do it, so I'd get up and start messing around on the mound a little," Stripling said. But his doctor had not cleared him to start walking without crutches. Perhaps that is when he had an odd way of keeping his left leg straight in his delivery. That gave him a steep downhill plane that caught the coaches' eye. Batters couldn't pick the ball up.

    "I couldn't play shortstop. I could hardly run to first base. But I could pick my leg up, drop it and throw," Ross said. "I was throwing 85 to 88  mph with a good curveball and I got stronger every outing.

    And he went 14-0 on the hill with a sparkling 1.60 ERA. And in 107 innings of work struck out 156 batters to lead the Dallas/Fort Worth area. But he didn't get drafted or any major college offers.

    "I was done playing baseball. It was fun, but I wanted to get a good education," Ross said.

  • Stripling went to Texas A&M on an academic scholarship, majoring in business finance. He walked on, eventually earning a spot in the Aggies' rotation. And along with Michael Wacha, led the Aggies to the College World Series. 

  • During Ross' freshman year, his mother, Tammy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. The family urged Stripling to stay in school and focus on his education and baseball while Mom battled three hours away.

    After six chemotherapy sessions, the cancer was gone.

  • Stripling's father and uncle also attended A&M, as did his grandfather, who was an Aggie yell leader. During freshman orientation in the summer of 2008, Ross and his dad, Hayes, decided to check out the Aggies baseball field. Head baseball coach Rob Childress happened to be there. He already knew who Stripling was. He'd sent a recruiter to watch him pitch at Carroll but did not have enough scholarships to give him one.

    So, Childress offered an invitation to fall practices and Ross walked on the baseball team, then tied for the NCAA Division I lead with 14 wins and helped the Aggies reach the College World Series in 2011.

    On the day (May 12, 2012) he was scheduled to graduate with a degree in finance, he threw a no-hitter against San Diego State. And he finished with a 10-4 record with a 3.08 ERA. 

  • In 2011, Stripling did not sign with the Rockies after they chose him in the 9th round. He wanted one more year at Texas A&M, as a business finance major, completing his degree. Ross still has designs on earning his master's degree in finance.

    And Ross is a licensed stockbroker. Before the 2016 season, he worked in Houston for a firm.

  • In 2012, the Dodgers drafted Stripling (see Transactions below).

  • In both 2013 and 2014, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook ranked Stripling as the 10th-best prospect in the Dodgers organization. He was dropped to #17 in the winter before 2015 spring camps opened, following his year off after Tommy John surgery. He was down at #23 in the spring of 2016.

  • Ross enjoys movies, traveling, playing any sport, and hanging out at his family's lake house in his spare time.

  • MLB Debut (April 8, 2016): Stripling, who had never pitched above Double-A, was removed after throwing 7.1 no-hit innings in his Major League debut for the Dodgers. And all he had to show for it was a no-decision, because Brandon Crawford homered off Joe Blanton leading off the bottom of the 10th for a 3-2 Giants win.

    Stripling was lifted by manager Dave Roberts after walking Angel Pagan with his 100th pitch and replaced by Chris Hatcher to a chorus of boos from the sellout crowd at AT&T Park. The most pitches Stripling had made since 2014 Tommy John surgery was 93 mph in 2015. "It was the right decision," Stripling said. (K Gurnick - MLB.com - April 9, 2016)

  • Spend a few minutes talking to Stripling, and you'll understand why the 26-year-old Southlake, Texas, native has such a healthy perspective on things. He has a Plan B if baseball doesn't work out.

    "I'm actually a licensed stockbroker," Stripling said. "I work for a company called Wunderlich Securities in the offseason and do money management."

    A finance major at Texas A&M, Stripling invested his signing bonus into stocks and bonds like Facebook, Under Armor and Apple. But he decided to take things one step further. After coming back from Tommy John surgery in 2015, Stripling was added to the Dodgers' 40-man-roster in the winter before 2016 spring training. At the same time, he began studying for the Series 7 test to earn his license to trade. Three months later, he passed the seven-hour test just before arriving to Spring Training.

    Stripling's Wunderlich boss Matthew Houston said, "We joke in the office that he probably studied too hard because his score was so high ... close to his fastball."

    The offseason before 2016 spring training, Stripling was the first person in Wunderlich's Houston office every day, arriving at 6:30 a.m. to turn on the lights. He would also study until noon and then go through four hours of workouts in preparation for Spring Training. "Our whole office is Astros fans and everyone's now a Dodger fan," Houston said.

    "[The people at Wunderlich] seem excited to have me, and they see that I have a niche as far as getting some clients that they like," said Stripling. "They're not pressuring me to do anything right now." Of course, facts and figures have benefits beyond the pitcher's portfolio.

    "Math was always my better subject, so when I'm looking at a scouting reports and averages—and nowadays you have Sabermetrics, it's about exit velocity more than it is even average—so that's something I can remember when I'm on the mound," Stripling said. His skills may come in handy in the clubhouse as well, especially with the tax deadline almost upon us.

    "Baseball players play in 20 different states and it gets confusing," said Stripling. "You can write off clubby dues, restaurants on the road, and I think even tickets to games."

    So would he make teammates like Clayton Kershaw pay for advice when it comes to stocks?

    "He's a guy I would charge." (Dani Wexelman - Freelance sports journalist - April 13, 2016)

  • Nov. 2017:  Stripling and his wife Shelby tied the knot.

  • July 2018: Stripling received his first MLB All-Star invitation.

  • Jan 31, 2019: Listen, I'm going to be real with you: I don't understand the stock market. I don't really understand what the "economy" even is—other than an option for rental cars. And when people talk about money, the only thought I have is, "I would like some of that."

    So, perhaps take this with a grain of salt when I tell you that Ross Stripling seems to really know what he's talking about when it comes to money. The Dodgers pitcher went on Fox Business Network to talk about his stock philosophy and the Dodgers' approach to analytics. 

    Stripling said, "It was optimistic, coming out and saying that our economy is growing, spending is strong, and they're going to be patient with the rate hikes. October, November, and December were certainly ugly for me as a growth investor—that got out of hand. I definitely think we got oversold. I'm telling investors it's a good time to be patient and be long-term minded." (M Clair - MLB.com - Jan 31, 2019)

    MLB DEBUT

  • The introduction to the Dodger season begins every winter at Dodger Stadium at FanFest. Thousands pack the park for glimpses and experiences with stars, familiar faces and big free-agent signees. In the past, players made their way onto the field through an entrance in the visitors’ bullpen. The experienced fans know this and hang out nearby for the chance at an autograph or a wave.

    “Clayton!” “Andre!” “Joc!” they yell as players walk through.

    For the group of players at FanFest who have never played in the big leagues, the lack of familiarity with the fans lets them be a little more inconspicuous. So there he was on this early February morning in 2016. Kind of just cruising through the bullpen — which doubles as a media gathering area. Ross Stripling, added to the Dodger 40-man roster in November, was just happy he got noticed.

    “When you have (Yasiel) Puig and (Adrían) González and Kershaw around and then someone comes up to you and wants to interview you, you feel kind of special,” he said.

    In a matter of months, Stripling — for one day — would be bigger than all three. But there was a significant in-between before his memorable debut. Stripling, who missed all of 2014 and much of 2015 after Tommy John surgery, was a longshot to make the Dodgers’ 2016 Opening Day roster out of Spring Training. In fact, he was among the second round of cuts. Always sunny, always grateful, when Stripling reflected on the entire 2016 season in October, he remembered the cut.

    “I survived the first cut, which was pretty cool,” he said.

    With Stripling out, the Dodgers moved to the last week of Spring Training with four pitchers competing for the #5 spot in the rotation to open the season — Mike Bolsinger, Brandon Beachy and Carlos Frias, and Zach Lee.

    But Bolsinger battled an oblique issue, and Beachy had tendinitis. Nearly 10 days after he was sent to Minor League camp and six days before Opening Day, Stripling was called back to big league camp to make a Cactus League start and allowed five earned runs in five innings to the Padres.

    The Callup

    Two days before the start of the 2016 season on April 2, Stripling was told to come to Dodger Stadium.

    “When I first landed, Doc (Dave Roberts) said, ‘Hey, you can’t come to the field for an hour and a half,’” Stripling recalled. “I didn’t know what that meant. I guess they were telling Frias and maybe Zach Lee that ‘We’re gonna go with Stripling.’ So they didn’t want me there for any kind of awkwardness.

    “I got there and (Roberts) said, ‘Strip, come to the office.’ There was Andrew Friedman, Rick Honeycutt and Doc in there (when I arrived). And they (said), ‘We’re gonna rock it with you as the fifth starter.’ I don’t even remember the rest of the meeting. It was probably a 20-minute meeting, and I can’t even tell you what we talked about after that.”

    Stripling’s Major League debut was slated for April 8 in San Francisco — hostile territory.

    The Game

    Before throwing his first Major League pitch, Stripling received his welcome from Giants fans. As he was warming up in the bullpen down the right-field line, he was a pin cushion.

    “I’m getting barked at,” Stripling said. “They’re hitting me with my number — 68. ‘They couldn’t even get you a good number.’ Just wearing me out about anything.”

    Stripling would go on to have one of the best performances in a Major League debut in Dodger history. His first pitch was a called strike to Denard Span. On the next pitch, Span flew out. Stripling retired the first 10 batters he faced until he issued back-to-back, one-out walks in the fourth inning to Joe Panik and Hunter Pence. With pressure and runners on, Stripling got Brandon Belt to fly out and Matt Duffy to ground out.

    After retiring all six batters he faced in the fifth and sixth innings, no-hitter watch was officially on. In the top of the seventh, he walked the leadoff batter Pence. Then Belt grounded to third baseman Justin Turner who went around the horn for a double play. Duffy grounded out to end the inning. After seven no-hit innings, Stripling was at 91 pitches.

    In the top of the eighth, he earned the first out on a flyball from Brandon Crawford. Then he walked Angel Pagan. Not too distant from Tommy John surgery and it being the first week of the Major League season, the Dodgers chose to be cautious with Stripling. First-year manager Dave Roberts made the difficult decision to remove Stripling — a decision that, soon after, Stripling’s father thanked the skipper for.

    Stripling left with 7.1 no-hit innings — five outs short of joining Bumpus Jones as the only pitchers in Major League history to pitch a no-hitter in their Major League debut. (Jones did it for the Cincinnati Reds on Oct. 15, 1892, against the Pirates.)

    After Stripling left, reliever Chris Hatcher allowed a two-run homer to the next batter, Trevor Brown. The Dodgers ended up losing the game 3–2, but the night would largely be remembered for Stripling’s performance.

    Epilogue

    Stripling recalled a few days after the game that when he returned to his locker after pitching on April 8, he had 147 messages on his phone.

    “It was an extreme amount of emotions — from disappointment to relief to extreme happiness,” Stripling said of his debut.

    He remained in the starting rotation until mid-May. On May 23, he was sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City to manage his workload and work on mechanics. He was back with the Dodgers on July 23 and made 13 appearances the rest of the season — six as a starter, seven as a reliever. His rookie season was a bit of a foreshadowing to the rest of his career. Stripling has likened himself to Kiké Hernández as a Dodger super-utility man — starter, reliever . . . and five appearances as a pinch-runner.  (Cary Osborne - July 13, 2020)

    STOCK TRADER

  • Feb 4, 2021:  Ross Stripling has been monitoring the market this offseason, where timely investments and trades set up long-term success. We’re not talking about baseball, though. Many know Stripling as a pitcher. Ballplayers have downtime, though, and how Stripling spends his makes him one of the game’s most unique personalities.

    Stripling is a financial advisor with B. Riley Wealth Management, with $10 million in assets under his management. This all began as a fallback plan for Stripling, who graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in finance, back in 2014 when he underwent Tommy John surgery.

    “I’m staring 14 months of rehab in the face in Arizona,” Stripling said. “I have my college degree. I’m a busybody by nature, I’m always doing something. I wanted to be productive. I didn’t just want to sit around and drink beers by the pool and play video games for 14 months, even though I still did plenty of that.”

  • Given his background and own personal interest in finance, Stripling started to take the first steps. His grandfather had invested with B. Riley Wealth Management for 40 years, so Stripling was put in touch with Matthew Houston, their managing director of investments. Houston’s father had managed Stripling’s grandfather’s investments, and while Stripling was just looking to shadow Houston and learn more about the industry, they saw a greater opportunity.

    Being a professional athlete, Stripling’s network includes plenty of people who aren’t only making money, but looking to invest it wisely to protect themselves and their families for the long term. Pro sports are filled with cautionary tales of athletes who have spent too much, too soon, or been given poor advice on how to invest their earnings, and Stripling saw an opportunity to change that for some of the people around him. Back then, though, Stripling just saw the potential. Since then, it’s boomed.

    “Tenfold. It’s more and more every year,” Stripling said. “When I debuted in 2016, it was like, ‘Strip knows a little bit about the market, maybe I’ll ask him something.’ Now, multiple teammates text me every day about stuff. I don’t manage their money, they’re just trying to get knowledge themselves, they’re interested in it, or maybe their money manager bought them a stock or a bond that they’re not familiar with. That’s been the most fun about this whole thing, being a soundboard for people as they try to learn."

  • Whether it’s baseball or the stock market, Stripling believes that having the right information is just the start. Understanding that information and engaging with it in a way that makes sense for you on an individual level is what makes this whole thing click.

    That can be overwhelming for athletes, some of whom come into money rather suddenly. In nearly all of those cases, too, they’re entering that world without any of the finance background that Stripling possesses. Simply put, it's complicated. Really complicated.

    “When you make a lot of money, doors open for opportunities elsewhere, whether it’s private equity, commercial real estate, things like that,” Stripling explained. “When you get into opportunities like that, there’s a lot off random jargon that will come at you like IRR [internal rate of return] and all of these things that people don’t understand. They’ll come to me and ask, ‘Hey, does this look like a good deal? This is what my portfolio looks like right now.’ That’s what is fun, to answer and help guys learn.”

    It’s easy to assume from this that Stripling is all data, all the time, with numbers dancing and flashing across his mind like a scene from "A Beautiful Mind." That’s not really the case, though. Stripling has the data and believes in the data, but on the mound, he also knows there’s a line where pitchers can tiptoe into over-analysis. How about an example using a Yankees hitter who cashed in on the other market this offseason?

    “If you want to know what DJ LeMahieu hits against 2-1 sliders, you can find that information. But now, if I’m facing DJ LeMahieu with a man on second in the sixth inning and I’ve got a billion things running through my head, that’s going to bog me down,” Stripling said. “You’ve got to really pick and choose the information you want, and a stock is the same. Yes, you want the big picture, but you’re going to find your avenue that you believe in, whether it’s growth numbers, earning numbers, EPS [earning per share] growth or whatever you’re looking at that fits your investing strategy. It’s the same when you’re scouting a lineup."

    This spring, a normal day might see Stripling checking the market from home as it opens before he heads to the facility, where the real work happens. Some nights, he’ll let himself relax. On others, though, he puts on another hat as the co-host of the Big Swing Podcast.

  • Pitcher. Financial analyst. Podcast host.  Along with his co-host and friend Cooper Surles, the Big Swing Podcast has attracted major guests and generated a real following. Stripling has already started to hear from more Canadian listeners, too, since joining the Blue Jays. He’s recently produced episodes with Toronto teammates Bo Bichette, Ryan Borucki and Robbie Ray. Like anything else, Stripling wanted it done right.

    “I’m not going to do anything half-baked. If we’re going to do it, we’re going to do our best,” Stripling said, thinking back to their launch. “We’re going to research, be prepared, find guests with our network that make sense. We’re not going to annoy people, but we’re going to try to have a guest every week. It’s been two years and over 100 episodes and we’re still plugging along. I don’t view it as a job, I view it as a one-hour escape a week where I get to sit down with my buddy and someone really interesting.” 

    The show has come a long way from when Stripling and Surles started with one microphone sitting in the middle of the table. Their podcast has joined the Jam Street Media network, which Stripling says has helped with the structure and production of the show, too.

  • Their first episode dropped in early 2019, when Stripling and Surles kicked things off with their picks for Super Bowl LIII, which the Patriots won, 13-3, over the Rams. Their most recent episode dropped and, among other things, they’re breaking down another Tom Brady Super Bowl, this time between the Bucs and Chiefs. With that touchpoint two years in, Stripling dug up Episode 1.

    “We went back and listened to that first one and it is so bad,” Stripling laughed. 

  • Stripling will soon be adding another title to this growing list, too. He and his wife, Shelby, are expecting their first child in the coming weeks.

    Then it’s off to Spring Training for Stripling, who is entering his sixth season in the big leagues and first full season with the Blue Jays. The right-hander has been building up with bullpens recently and added a long-toss program to his offseason at the suggestion of Matt Buschmann, the club’s bullpen coach.

    Stripling fully intends to build up as a starter and win a job in the rotation, which he’ll have an opportunity to do amid a crowded depth group. Just like off the field, though, Stripling can be valuable in a variety of roles. (K Matheson - MLB.com - Feb 4, 2021)

    TRANSACTIONS

  • June 2012: Ross signed with the Dodgers when they chose him in the 5th round, out of Texas A&M. He received a bonus of $130,000. Clint Bowers is the scout who signed him.

  • Aug. 31, 2020: The Dodgers traded Stripling to the Blue Jays for two players to be named later.

  • Jan 15, 2021: Ross and the Blue Jays avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal for $3 million.

  • Nov 6, 2022: Ross chose free agency.

  • Dec 13, 2022: The Giants signed free agent Stripling for two years and $25 million.
Pitching
  • Stripling works at 91-94 mph with his four-seam FASTBALL with good run, a 92-95 mph 4-seam FASTBALL. He also gets ground ball outs with his 79-82 mph 12-to-6 CURVEBALL and an 86-90 mph SLIDER. He also has a decent/average 8-386 mph CHANGEUP with fading action that he throws with good arm speed. (Spring, 2018)

  • Ross has good sink and run on his fastball with downhill angle. He doesn't have a true out pitch, but his secondary pitches are average across the board. He throws his slider/cutter that he can run away from righties or jam lefties. Ross is a cerebral pitcher and a strike-thrower, though his command wasn't as crisp as it was before his T.J. surgery. (May 2017)

  • 2019 Changes: Stripling is moving to resume pitching with a windup, which he abandoned after 2017 spring training and pitched from the stretch all the time.

    “Even though you did it for years in high school, college and coming up in pro ball, it’s not so much muscle memory that you can bring it right back,” said Stripling. “I think I tried it in a bullpen [session] last year when I was starting, because it looked like I’d be starting for a while and I thought we should get the windup going again. But it was too big of a thing to do midseason, so we scrapped it."

  • 2016 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 39.7% of the time; Change 6.4%; Slider 34.1%; and Curve 19.6% of the time.

  • 2017 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 40% of the time; Sinker .1% of the time; Change 6.5%; Slider 33.7%; and Curve 19.6% of the time.

  • 2018 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 41.1% of the time; Sinker 2.1%; Change 14.7%; Slider 17.7%; and Curve 28.3% of the time. Average velocity: 4-seam 92.3 mph, Sinker 88.1, Change 85, Slider 87.7, and Curve 81 mph.

  • 2019 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 37.2% of the time; Sinker 1%; Change 5.5%; Slider 39.1%; and Curve 8.7% of the time. Average velocity: 4-seam 90.7 mph, Sinker 88.8, Change 82.9, Slider 86.6, and Curve 79.9 mph.

  • 2020 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 43.8% of the time; Sinker less than 1%; Change 17.5%; Slider 15.1%; and Curve 23.5% of the time. Average velocity: 4-seam 92 mph, Sinker 91.8, Change 84.9, Slider 86.1, and Curve 79 mph.


  • 2022 Season Pitch Usage/Avg. Velo: Fastball 33.6% - 92 mph; Change 27% - 82.6 mph; Slider 22% - 87 mph; Curve 10% - 76 mph; Sinker 7.6% - 90 mph.
  • Ross said. "I know using my legs more will flatten out my pitches. You have to know what makes you, but I don't want to be un-coachable. I have to find a happy medium."

  • Ross comes at hitters from a clean, over-the-top delivery from a nice downhill plane, which he repeats well. In 2013 spring training, he learned how to incorporate his lower half into his windup adding a couple of mph to his fastball.

    He works all four corners of the strike zone effectively. Stripling keeps the ball low to generate groundballs.

  • He has the stuff and command to make it as a starter. And he's intriguing as a reliever because the velocity on his heater increases by two or three mph, and his curve is sharper when he comes out of the 'pen for an inning.

  • Stripling has an advanced feel for pitching and keeps hitters off-balance with his pitch selection. He is a gutsy righthander.

  • 2020 Improvements: Stripling has been tinkering with a new grip for his changeup. The early results were so positive that the club set up special video and spin-rate technology to better analyze the pitch.

    “In today’s baseball, there’s so many tricks and toys and analytical stuff you can do,” said Stripling. “Two out of three I throw with this new grip have been good, and they wanted to get it on the slo-mo camera and Rapsodo to see what it’s spinning like and seeing if it’s better than what I threw last year. It seems to hide my spin better.”

    Stripling said he played around with different changeup grips while playing catch during the offseason until finding one that clearly worked best. Catch partners said the new one is tougher to pick up as a hitter. (Ken Gurnick - Feb. 16, 2020)

  • Feb 27, 2021: Coming into his first Spring Training with the Blue Jays, Stripling is doing things a bit differently.

    Stripling added long toss to his offseason program in an effort to get “more violent” with his delivery, starting out by throwing from 300 feet twice a week. Moving in a few yards at a time, Stripling will throw as hard as he can. These “pulldowns” are a heavy workout, but there’s a purpose.

    “Maybe that will lead to more velo, or velo at least lasting longer throughout the game, which is something I’ve always struggled with,” Stripling said. “The long toss was Matt Buschmann’s idea, which comes from Driveline Baseball and the Trevor Bauers and the Walker Buehlers of the world, where if you want to throw hard, you need to practice throwing hard.” (Editor's note: It seems that Daisuke Matsuzaka was way ahead of his time.)

  • In 2020, Stripling’s four-seamer averaged 91.7 mph. So a bump up from that level could help him. Often, a bump of velocity in Spring Training will eventually regress to a pitcher’s norm, but it’s much easier to believe in an uptick when it’s the result of an actual change in routine or delivery.

    This is part of a broader effort by Stripling to get his fastball back to where it needs to be. He changed that pitch entering 2020, rotating his fingers “90 degrees up the horseshoe." It’s understandable why Stripling chased this new fastball, but the results were, in his words, “awful.” 

    “I was a couple hundred RPMs higher on spin, probably a couple more inches on vertical rise, flirting with numbers I just don’t normally hit,” Stripling explained. “The book would tell you, 'Hey, let’s throw that fastball.' I’m a guy who throws up in the zone, but I can really execute up in the zone at my 89-90 mph with average spin, and really hit that spot. Now, I’m throwing a fastball that I’m not that comfortable with and working on. I was living at the belt instead of the belly button. Every time I made a mistake, it just got hammered.” 

    Stripling got back to his old fastball with the Blue Jays, though, and this addition to his throwing program could provide him with a more controllable way to pump up his velocity.

    Stripling arrived a few days after camp opened following the birth of his first child, but he is expected to jump right into the mix. He’ll be stretched out as a starter, but he could fill any number of roles for the Blue Jays. In his career, Stripling has a 4.01 ERA in his 61 starts and a 3.26 ERA in 87 appearances out of the bullpen. (K Matheson - MLB.com - Feb 27, 2021)

  • 2022 Season:  Traditional Stats: 32 appearances (24 starts), 3.01 ERA, 134.1 IP, 111 K, 1.02 WHIP

     Advanced Stats: 20.7 K%, 3.7 BB%, 0.80 HR/9, 3.57 xERA, 3.67 xFIP, 3.1 fWAR

    While his first 1.5 seasons with the Jays didn’t yield spectacular results, Stripling emerged as one of the go-to guys in the rotation after Hyun-jin Ryu underwent Tommy John surgery. He held opposing hitters to a .229 batting average and 43 runs through 24 starts this year. His 2.92 ERA as a member of the rotation was one of the top stats on the team and saw him leapfrog a struggling José Berríos on the depth charts. His 3.1 fWAR and 134 innings pitched are both career highs and he will likely be looking to cash in this offseason.  (Tyson Shushkewich - Oct 20, 2022)

Fielding
  • Ross is very athletic.
Career Injury Report
  • 2008: In Stripling's senior year of high school, he broke his left leg playing basketball. Bored during his rehab, he began fooling around on the mound with a cast on his leg. Then he went 14-0 in his first season as a pitcher.
  • March 4-end of 2014 season: Ross underwent Tommy John right elbow reconstruction in Los Angeles. So he missed the entire season.

  • June 10, 2015: Stripling was activated, having finished his T.J. rehab.

  • May 29-June 28, 2016: Ross was on the D.L.

  • July 30-August 9, 2018: Ross was on the DL with right first toe inflammation.

  • Aug 15-Sept 7, 2018: Ross was on the DL with lower back inflammation.

  • July 24-Sept 1, 2019: Stripling left his start after five innings and 62 pitches with neck stiffness that hindered his mechanics and decreased velocity, even though he retired 13 of the last 14 batters faced. 

  • July 25, 2019: Ross was on the IL with right biceps tendinitis.

  • April 12-May 2, 2021: Ross was on the IL with right forearm flexor strain.

  • Aug 11-Sept 10, 2021: Ross was on the IL. Stripling threw only 28 pitches over two scoreless innings before exiting with a left oblique strain.

  • July 31-Aug 17, 2022: Ross was on the IL.