August 8 – Happy Birthday Ross Ohlendorf
I hated to see the Yankees trade Ohlendorf to Pittsburgh at the 2008 trading deadline. I did not think Xavier Nady was as good as he was playing for Pittsburgh and I thought Ross O had the stuff and the smarts to become a good starting pitcher at the big league level. I turned out to be right about Nady but the jury’s sill out on Ross O. and time is getting short for him to prove he has the right stuff to be a successful big league pitcher.
He had a real good first full year in Pittsburgh in 2009, going 12-11 but he regressed to 1-11 in 2010. He then spent the 2011 season bouncing up in down between Pittsburgh and three different Pirate minor league teams before being released outright in December of 2011. Two months later, the Red Sox signed Ohlendorf but then released him in June. In July, he resurfaced in the big leagues with the Padres and he’s been starting and relieving for San Diego since. His record as I update this post this morning is 3-2, but his ERA has climbed over six. Ross was born in Austin, TX, in 1982. The guy really is a braniac, having graduated from Princeton with a degree in finance. He got lots of national press attention when he interned at the USDA during the 2009-10 offseason, analyzing if programs to trace livestock diseases were cost-effective.