Player of the Week: Ross Stripling
Nicole Vasquez, MLB.com
Ross Stripling was on fire in the month of May.
Stripling was born in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania in 1989. He played baseball at Carroll High School and then played college baseball at Texas A&M University. In 2011, Stripling was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 11th round, however, he chose not to sign with them. In 2012, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In 2014, Stripling was given a non-roster invitation to spring training, however, after his first game action came out with a sore arm. He later had Tommy John surgery which caused him to miss the rest of the season.
Stripling later rejoined the Tulsa Drillers during the mid-season in 2015. The Dodgers added Stripling to their 40-man roster after the 2015 season. In 2016, he was named their 5th starter. Stripling's major league debut came on April 8, 2016, against the San Francisco Giants in which he pitched 7 1⁄3 innings without giving up a hit. His first win came on May 13, 2016, against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since then Stripling has become a key member of the Dodgers pitching group. He appeared in 3 of the 7 World Series games. In 2018, he became a starter after injuries came to haunt the team. Stripling's record is currently 3-1 with a 1.68 ERA.
Ross Stripling Fun Facts:
Stripling's first name is Thomas and not Ross.
He was born the same year as Taylor Swift but is a few months older.
Threw a no-hitter for the Aggies against San Diego State on May 12, 2012.
Holds a Series 7 Stockbroker license.
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