JUNIOR/2016: Appeared in nine games and made two starts for the Waves as a junior in 2016 … Recorded one hit against San Francisco (4/1) … Had six pinch-hit appearances and came in as a pinch-runner once.
SOPHOMORE/2015: Appeared in 17 games this season, starting eight of them … had five hits, batting .152 … Drove in three runs and scored four … Drew four walks and three hit-by-pitches.
FRESHMAN/2014: Made 37 appearances, getting 29 starts for the Waves in 2014 ... Batted .162, scoring 13 runs and driving in 11 ... Hit one homer, one triple and one double ... Drew 17 walks on the season ... Did not commit an error n 31 outfield appearances ... Had three multi-hit games ... Went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored against San Francisco (4/17) ... Also drove in a pair of runs against Gonzaga (5/18) ... Went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a double against Utah Valley (2/22).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Palma High School in Salinas, Calif. ... Played four varsity seasons for head coach Phil Giamanco ... As a senior hit .380 with three homers and 18 stolen bases ... Was named All-State by Cal-Hi Sports as a senior and second team as a junior ... Earned All-League and All-County as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Hit over .400 both his junior and senior year, with five homers and eight stolen bases ... Team won a league title senior year ... Also lettered in football, earning All-League and All-County honors.
PERSONAL: Given name is John Thomas Ross ... Born in Gilroy, Calf. ... Parents are Richard and Maryanne Ross ... Has two sisters, Jessica and Rebecca ... His sister Jessica played basketball for the Waves, dad Richard played baseball at Cal ... Chose Pepperdine after watching his sister play on the basketball team.
FAVORITES: Mike Trout (athlete); San Francisco Giants (team); Harry Potter (book); Bull Durham (movie); How I Met Your Mother (TV show); J Boog (musical artist); Italian (food); Basketball (sport other than baseball)