23. Cody Ross (9.4)
Cody Ross is a 5’11”, 195 lb. outfielder from Portales, NM. Born on December 23rd, 1980, Ross was a fourth-round choice in 1999 by the Detroit Tigers.
Ross made his major league debut with the Tigers in 2003. From then until mid-2006, he appeared in 30 games between Detroit, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Cincinnati Reds, going 16-for-63. On May 26th, 2006, the Marlins purchased Ross’ contract from the Reds.
In 91 games for the Marlins that season, Ross hit .212/.284/.396, with 11 round-trippers and 37 RBI. In 2007, he improved his slashline to a more robust .335/.411/.653 with a dozen homers and 39 RBI in only 66 games. Despite his short season, he ranked third on the club with 2.8 WAR.
2008 would be Ross’s first full proper major league season. He played in 145 games for Florida, slashing .260/.316/.488 with 22 home runs and 73 RBI. Ross was also 11 DRS in the outfield, mostly center, as he posted a .997 fPCT.
Ross set career-highs in 2009 with 24 home runs and 90 RBI, along with a .270/.321/.469 slashline in 151 contests. In the outfield, he was worth another five DRS, along with a .991 fPCT.
In 2010, Ross played in 120 contests for the Marlins prior to the trade deadline, slashing .265/.316/.405 with 11 homers and 58 RBI. Despite his history with the team, the Marlins put him on waivers on August 22nd, where the San Francisco Giants gladly picked him up.
Ross remained with the Giants through the 2011 season, then joined the Boston Red Sox in 2012 and the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013 for two seasons. After going two-for-22 in nine games with the Oakland Athletics in 2015, Ross did not again appear in a major league game.