Ex-MiLB LHP with 2 MiLB Championships, 1 German Bundesliga Championship seeking new team in 2022 | Baseball Jobs Overseas

Ex-MiLB LHP with 2 MiLB Championships, 1 German Bundesliga Championship seeking new team in 2022

Name: Ross Vance

Height: 6'0"cm

Weight: 180 lbs. kg

DOB: December 7, 1991

Date Available: March 1, 2022

Affiliated AA experience

Bats: L

Throws: L

Positions: SP, RP

Positions (alt): Coach, Youth Coach, OF

College: West Virginia University

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Ross throws from sidearm to low 3/4 slot and has very good movement on his pitches. He mixes his pitches well, gets a lot of ground balls and has a high spin rate on his slider.  He also is good at holding runners on base.


He is versatile – able to start and also fill the various relief roles.


As a teammate, he says he likes “to help share whatever I can bring to the table, whether that be baseball knowledge, life knowledge, mental tips, anything. I play the game loose and I like to have fun whenever I’m on the field… it is a game after all.  I hold being a team player above all else. I work hard, not just to further my own career but to help others achieve their dreams, as well.”


Derek Matlock, Head Coach, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley says that Ross is a “great kid [and an] outstanding competitor.  He will be a huge asset to an organization.”


Ross also has coaching experience that he can led to a club.  He has had several coaching stints with players ranging in age from 10 years old to 18, including for the 12-under team of Heidenheim Heideköpfe.


He works out and trains on a regular basis to stay in top condition.


Career Highlights

  • Experience at several levels – affiliated U.S. minor leagues, U.S. independent pro leagues, high-level collegiate summer leagues, overseas

  • Reached Class AA level in St. Louis Cardinals’ system

  • Set school’s single-season strikeout record at NCAA Division I university

  • Played on championship teams in affiliated U.S. minor leagues in 2016 and 2017

  • Won championship with Heidenheim Heideköpfe in 2021



Overseas Goals

Ross wants to extend his playing career while also traveling and experiencing new cultures and environments.



Vance, WVU cruise past UNLV



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Playing Experience

2012-13 Dodge Cuty Community College NJCAA Division I Starter, 1st team All-Conference
2013-16 West Virginia University NCAA Division II Starter/reliever, newcomer of the week in Big 12 Conference in 2013, set single-season strikeout record in 2015, best reliever in Big 12 Tournament in 2016 with 14.1 innings pitched and 22 strikeouts.
2015 Harwich Mariners Cape Cod League Reliever
2016-18 St. Louis Cardinals High A Minors Reliever
2018 Surfers Paradise Greater Brisbane League Starter
2018 Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers United Shore League (Independent)
2018 Somerset Patriots Atlantic League (Independent Pro)
2019 UVV Utrecht Dutch Major League Division II Starter
2021 Heidenheim Heideköpfe German Bundesliga Division I Starter, Won 2021 league championship

Coaching Experience

2008-09 Coach Pro Player Academy Youth Various youth camps, worked with players ages 10-12 on all aspects of baseball.
2018 Head Coach Surfers Paradise Baseball Club 12U Coached 12u team for a full season with the other import.
2018 Pitching Coach Surfers Paradise Aged 11-18 Improved young players pitching mechanics and knowledge of how to pitch with the stuff they have.
2021 Coach Heidenheim Heideköpfe 12U Worked practices and camps for youth players. Was head coach for a couple games during their season.


Pro/Overseas Pitching

2016-18 St. Louis Cardinals 4.09 6 0 101.1 112 118 36 18 55 46 5 6 1 1.46
2021 Regular Season Heidenheim 4.48 12 1 60.1 57 71 37 - 33 30 6 2 0 1.56
2021 Postseason Heidenheim 9.72 2 0 8.1 8 7 7 - 9 9 1 1 0 1.80

College/Amateur Pitching

2014 West Virginia University 3.41 7 0 58 52 51 19 8 25 22 3 4 0 1.22
2015 West Virginia University 3.26 15 0 96.2 91 81 33 14 48 35 7 5 0 1.28
2015 Harwich 1.93 0 0 4.2 3 5 4 0 2 1 1 0 0 1.5
2016 West Virginia University 4.91 13 0 91.2 89 91 29 18 55 50 7 2 0 1.29

Video Highlights


Derek Matlock

Head Coach, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Great kid, outstanding competitor, he will be a huge asset to your organization

Jerry Lacayo


Scott Hillier

Operations, Baseball Australia

Additional Info

Playing preferences: Europe Semi-pro (ie. Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, France etc.), Europe Pro (Italy, The Netherlands), Australia Pro (Australian Baseball League), New Zealand Semi-pro, South Africa Semi-pro, Asia Pro (Japan, Korea, Taiwan)


Living preferences: Private living arrangement (apartment to self), Shared living arrangement, own bedroom, Shared living arrangement, shared bedroom, Host Family


Return home: I can stay as long as it takes to complete a season


Prior engagements: No


Recent injuries/illnesses: No


Traveling with a companion: No

Educational background: Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology