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)