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Al Skorupa put eyes on Joe Ross, Trevor Story, Trayce Thompson and others.

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June 8, 2015 2:30 am

The Call-Up: Joe Ross


Tucker Blair and Mike Gianella

The Nationals dig further into their starting pitching depth with the recently acquired right-hander.

The Situation: The Nationals need a fresh arm with Stephen Strasburg and Doug Fister landing on the disabled list, and Ross' pitching schedule just happens to align with the Nationals' needs. Not only that, but Ross just happened to spin one of his best starts of the year, carving up the Bowie Baysox through seven strong innings.

Background: Selected as the 25th overall pick in a 2011 draft loaded with pitching, the younger brother of Padres' starting pitcher Tyson Ross has begun to grow into the durable innings-eater many envisioned four years ago. His professional career started out slowly, as a shoulder strain in 2012 limited him to just 54 2/3 innings, after making the jump straight to Low-A that April. It's been full steam ahead for the right-hander since then. Last off-season, he was acquired by the Nationals in the trade that sent Steven Souza to the Rays and Wil Myers to the Padres, and Ross continues to be one of the less publicized commodities in that mega deal.

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A flashback to the high-school and college days of Archie Bradley, Eddie Butler, Austin Hedges, and many more top prospects.

As part of Perfect Game's partnership with Baseball Prospectus, David Rawnsley, Todd Gold, and Patrick Ebert will be conducting a “Before They Were Pros” series, providing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in baseball from when they were in high school attending PG events. This six-part series (one for each division in MLB) will appear once Baseball Prospectus has provided their own detailed scouting reports of the top prospects, team-by-team, as part of their “Prospects Will Break Your Heart” series.

We continue by looking at select top prospects from National League West teams. Be sure to read Baseball Prospectus' features on each of these five teams:

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Ten impressive arms in the Padres system.

Thanks to Randy Smith and the magic of the internet, I found out that the Padres were going to throw 10 of their youngest and brightest arms in a controlled backfield game against Indian Hills junior college at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. These are the scouting situations I dream about, and Jason Cole and I arrived eager and early to find we were the only non-team personnel on the scene, a duo of emotion soon resulted: Anxiety. Are we allowed to be here? Why are we the only ones here? Excitement: We are the only ones here!

Set-up: each prospect arm would get one inning of work. It was a controlled game, which just means the on-site team personnel could roll an inning if a pitcher exceeded his pitch count or if the bats were simply destroying the opponent, which would be the case on a few occasions during the 10-inning affair. I didn’t focus on the bats, although several promising sticks graced the field during the game, and I didn’t pay much attention to the Indian Hills team. These are the bare-bones scouting notes I took. Take them as snapshots of an early March afternoon and not the canvas that will one day hang in the majors. Normally, I would just keep these notes for personal use throughout the year, but I was so impressed with the young arms on the field that I needed to voice these thoughts at the earliest possible convenience. I’m not sure any org in baseball can brag on lower-level pitching like the Padres. Here are the notes:  

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The Padres have an exceptionally deep system that ranks in the top five across baseball.

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