Former Lexington Christian star Robbie Ross made an impressive minor-league debut in the Spokane (Wash.) Indians' 5-3 victory over the Yakima Bears on Saturday night.
Ross, who was selected by the Texas Rangers in the second round of last year's amateur draft, struck out nine Yakima batters without a walk in five innings of work to earn a victory in his first professional start. The 19-year-old gave up four hits and two earned runs.
The Indians are the defending champions in the Class A short-season Northwest League. Their first game of the season was Saturday night.
Ross just arrived in Spokane from extended spring training in Arizona, according to The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.).
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More than a dozen of Ross' family members made the trip from Lexington to attend Saturday night's game, according to the newspaper.
Ross, who got a $1.575 million signing bonus from the Rangers last summer, threw 43 of his 59 pitches for strikes.
"He really pounded the zone," Indians catcher Vincent DiFazio told The Spokesman-Review. "His fastball has some electricity behind it that I haven't seen in a long time ... His slider was breaking sharp, and his change-up was in the zone and dropping off the table."