Originally written on Fox Sports San Diego  |  Last updated 3/7/13
PEORIA, Ariz. -- When San Diego Padres pitching prospect Joe Ross signed with UCLA back in November of 2010, it wasn't because he disliked the California Golden Bears the closest collegiate program to his home in Oakland. It was because, for his entire baseball life, he'd been known as Tyson Ross's little brother. Every strikeout he tallied at Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd, every shutout he tossed, it was all in Tyson's shadow. Despite his mother being a Cal graduate, and Tyson having authored a stellar three-year career in Berkeley, Joe wanted to forge his own path. And, forge his own path he did. The younger Ross did not wind up in Berkeley, nor did he wind up in Westwood, as he was selected 25th overall in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Friars. He was finally his own man, striking out to play professional baseball. While his older brother bounced between Triple-A Sacramento and the Oakland Athletics, Ross began his pro career, little knowing that, this past Novem...
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