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[O]ff to the best start is right-hander Austin Ross, an eighth-rounder out of LSU. Ross, 22, was the Brewers’ minor-league pitcher of the month for April and has continued to excel in May.
Through seven games (six starts), Ross is 4-1 with a 1.85 earned run average. In 43 2/3 innings, he has allowed only 28 hits and 12 walks while logging 45 strikeouts.
Brewers minor-league pitching coordinator Lee Tunnell has been impressed with Ross, on and off the field.
“From the first time you meet him, he’s very professional,” said Tunnell. “He presents himself well, takes his job seriously and has a vision to be a major-league pitcher. He’s intelligent and focused.
“So, if you ask if we are surprised by his success, no we are not surprised at all.”
Right-hander Jimmy Nelson, a second-rounder out of Alabama, and righty Matt Miller, a fifth-rounder out of Michigan, also are pitching in the Timber Rattlers’ rotation. But perhaps the most interesting pitcher there is right-hander Tyler Thornburg, taken in the third round out of Charleston Southern.
Because he is smallish – 5-foot-10, 185 pounds – and has an unusual delivery, Thornburg drew comparisons to Tim Lincecum before the draft. And he does have a live arm, throwing his fastball in the mid-90s with regularity.
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The Post Crescent continues their series of Timber Rattlers profiles. This week it is pitcher Austin Ross.
Q: What is your most prized sports possession?
A: “Right now, I’d have to definitely say my national championship ring. That’s as good as it gets in college baseball. We played our last game and won it.”
Q: What is the best advice you received?
A: “Someone told me one time: ‘Don’t believe what anybody says that’s too good or too bad. Just stay even-keeled and do your job.’ “
Also, click through to find out why he has the middle name North. No, it’s not because of that long-forgotten Bruce Willis movie, a suprsingly bad movie for having Frodo, George Costanza, Elaine Benes in the cast and Meathead as the director.