Cody Ross’ stint with the Arizona Diamondbacks: By the Numbers

Apr 5, 2015, 5:48 PM | Updated: 7:23 pm


Nearly lost in the flurry of roster moves made by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday was the release of veteran outfielder Cody Ross.

The Diamondbacks wished him well, but ultimately decided to go with a younger outfield corps that includes David Peralta, A.J. Pollock, Mark Trumbo and Ender Inciarte.

Before his D-back days, Ross played for six different clubs in 10 MLB seasons, including winning a World Series trophy with the San Francisco Giants in 2010 and being named the MVP of the NLCS.

After hitting .267 with 22 home runs and 87 RBI in his lone season with Boston, the Portales, N.M., native came to Diamondbacks in December 2012 on a lucrative three-year deal with an option for a fourth.

A hip injury derailed the second half of the right-handed hitter’s inaugural season with the Diamondbacks, and he missed nearly the first month of the 2014 campaign before coming back to play sparingly.

Here’s a look at the 34-year-old outfielder’s two-plus seasons with the D-backs, by the numbers:


In 2013, Ross struck out only 50 times in 317 at-bats, a rate of one strikeout for every 6.34 AB. Only second baseman Aaron Hill recorded more at-bats and fewer strikeouts that season.


The 11-year veteran hit a total of 10 home runs over 177 games with the D-backs. Compare that to the 17 homers he hit in 154 games with San Francisco over a two-year span, or the 22 he hit in 130 games with the Red Sox in 2012.


Prior to being released, Ross hit .256 over 39 at-bats in 16 games this spring, also tallying three doubles and six RBI but no homers. His batting average was just the 17th-highest mark on the team among players who recorded 20 or more at-bats during the spring.


In his second campaign with the D-backs, Ross was often relegated to the role of a pinch hitter. In 32 of the 83 games he played last season, he made just one plate appearance.


Ross missed 64 consecutive regular season games over two seasons after dislocating his hip in August 2013. He would later miss another 34 straight games after going on the disabled list because of a left calf injury.


Ross’ overall batting average in Arizona was .268 — .273 in 2013 and .252 in 2014 — which is actually the second-highest mark he’s had for any of the seven teams for which he’s played.


After his 2013 batting average bottomed out at .251 on June 21, Ross heated up and hit .317 from June 22 until injuring his hip on Aug. 11. During that span, he also hit five of his eight home runs that year and knocked in 18 of his 38 overall RBI.


His slugging percentage of .413 was the sixth-highest mark on the Diamondbacks in 2013, as was his OPS of .745.


Despite no longer being with the team, the veteran left-fielder is still owed $9.5 million by the Diamondbacks — $8.5 million for 2015 and $1 million for a buyout on his 2016 option.

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