Jun
04

2011 Draft: Daniel Norris

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The draft is just three days away, so between now and then I’m going to highlight some players individually rather than lump a few together in one post.

Daniel Norris | LHP

Background
After coming into the year as the top high school lefty in the draft class, Norris had a subpar (but not bad) spring at Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee. He quit playing football after his junior year to focus solely on baseball. He’s committed to Clemson.

Scouting Report
Big and projectable at 6-foot-2 and 180 lbs., Norris has shown three better than average pitches plus a usable fourth offering at times this spring. He legitimately sat 93-96 with his fastball at times, though he mostly worked at 89-92. An upper-70′s curveball with tight spin is his top breaking ball, though he also uses a mid-80′s slider against right-handers. A mid-70′s changeup is his third best pitch and is ahead of the slider. There’s some effort in Norris’ delivery, which leads to inconsistent control and command. He’s athletic though, so adjustments shouldn’t be impossible.

Miscellany
Yesterday we learned that Norris is looking for Tyler Matzek money, referring to the $3.9M the Rockies gave the 11th overall pick in 2009. There’s definite front of the rotation potential here, though he needs to figure out a consistent delivery and shore up that command. Baseball America and Keith Law ranked Norris as the 16th and 33rd best prospect in the draft, respectively, so the Yankees are going to need those bonus demands to scare some teams off if they hope to land him.

Categories : Draft
  • Sabermetrically Challenged

    I don’t like the ceiling and even though he’s a lefty I’d rather take Ross or Beede

    • http://www.retire21.com first name only male (formerly Mike R. – Retire 21

      I’m confused. It says he has front of the rotation potential. What don’t you like about his ceiling?

      • Sabermetrically Challenged

        he doesn’t have a consistent delivery, control or command can’t you read?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          What high schooler does? The minors are for learning. You can teach a better delivery, but you can’t teach velocity or the ability to spin a breaking ball.

        • http://www.retire21.com first name only male (formerly Mike R. – Retire 21

          That is his present situation. That has nothing to do with ceiling. You might have been better off stating that you did not like his chances yooooo reach his ceiling.

          Furthermore, attacking my literacy just proves your inability to carry on an intelligent discussion. Consider this my last reply.

        • Steve in PDX

          We’re picking 51. Beggars can’t be choosers.

  • http://bloodfarm.tumblr.com mattdamonwayans

    Repertoire and handedness reminds me of Matusz, though Norris sounds smaller and less polished. No matter what his asking price may be it doesn’t seem likely that he will remain unselected by the time the 51st pick rolls around. Great write up though.

  • steven

    does anybody know if he is related to the nationals minor leaguer derek norris??

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He’s not.

  • Michael

    This kid is from my high school. Great kid and very hard worker from everything I’ve heard about him (this is from friends I played high school ball with that help coach him). I hope he falls to the Yanks and turns into a great player.