His last three starts — all victories — have been excellent. He capped the stretch with a 7-0 win over Biloxi by throwing 7 1/3 innings. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out five batters.
"He's been our most consistent starter the last month," Lewallyn said. "He's always been well liked in the organization and what he has been doing lately is keeping him on the radar."
For the 25-year-old Ross, every good outing seems to add to his chances of getting promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett or even Atlanta.
"I feel I am a phone call away from the big leagues," said Ross, who compiled a 2.04 ERA in July. "That's the ultimate goal. I think now I am pitching the best that I have in my entire (five-year) professional career. I am throwing all my pitches for strikes. I am very relaxed and very confident on the mound."
Ross is encouraged by the promotions of several teammates.
"I watched Chasen Shreve get called up to Atlanta and he was in the same locker room as me," Ross said of the current New York Yankees reliever. "The Braves have made so many moves all year long. I was playing catch with (pitcher) Jake Brigham every day. He goes to Triple-A, then he is in the Big Leagues. (Pitcher) Jason Hursh was my roommate on the road and he was just called up to Triple-A."
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Ross is doing the same thing this season that has helped him get promoted three times in the past four years four years: throwing strikes.
He does it with a four-pitch repertoire that includes a fastball, slider, cutter and changeup. He tops out in the low 90s on the radar gun.
"He is not one of guys who lights it up," Lewallyn said. "He wasn't a high draft pick, so you aren't going to say he is a can't-miss prospect. But he throws four pitches over the plate. He is calm, in control out there and seems unfazed. He deals with adverse situations well."
Ross was named a Carolina League All-Star with Lynchburg last year, going 5-3 with a 3.50 ERA before getting promoted to Mississippi.