David Ross – The 2012 Report Card

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David Ross had a very solid 2012 season culminating in a 3 hit playoff game against the St. Louis Cardinals

Atlanta Braves back-up catcher David Ross had another solid season.  With Brian McCann’s mounting injuries, Ross played 62 games, his most ever as a Brave.  Lets grade his 2012 efforts:

Hitting:  Ross’ average (.256), on base percentage (.321) , slugging percentage (.449), and OPS (.770), were very close to his career numbers.  With 9 homeruns and 23 RBIs in limited action, he continued to give solid hitting to a team that needs all the right-handed power it can get.  In addition, he had 3 hits in 4 at bats in the post season game against the Cardinals, including a 2-run shot that gave the Braves an early lead.

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Grade:  B

Fielding:  Ross had another solid season behind the dish, throwing out 15 runners trying to steal in 34 attempts, a stellar 44.1% conversion rate.  That effort ranked him 4th in the National League.  He also remained a solid backstop and cemented his reputation as an outstanding signal caller.

Grade: B+

Summary:  At $1.625 million Ross was once again a value player in 2012.  He’s a veteran who understands and embraces his back-up role.  Braves General Manager Frank Wren will do everything he can to sign this valuable free agent in the off season.

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