Daniel Norris (baseball)

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Daniel Norris
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 32
Born: (1993-04-25) April 25, 1993 (age 21)
Johnson City, Tennessee
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 5, 2014 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 0–0
Earned run average 5.40
Strikeouts 4
WHIP 1.50

Daniel David Norris (born April 25, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). As of the 2014 midseason update, he was considered the Blue Jays top prospect, and 25th overall prospect in baseball by Baseball America.[1]

Minor league career[edit]


The Blue Jays drafted Norris in the second round (74th overall) of the 2011 MLB Draft.[2] Baseball America rated Norris as the 91st best prospect in baseball prior to the 2012 season.[3] He was ranked as the number 4 prospect in the Blue Jays minor league organization on July 26, 2013, when the revised Top 100 Prospects list was released.[4]

Norris began his career with the Rookie-Advanced Bluefield Blue Jays and Low-A Vancouver Canadians in 2012, where he pitched to a combined 2–4 record, an earned run average of 8.44, and a 1.78 WHIP.[5]


In 2013, Norris split time with the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts and High-A Dunedin Blue Jays, and finished the season with a 2–7 record, but made a major improvement with his ERA, which dropped to 3.97.[6]

Norris began the 2014 season in Dunedin, and earned a 3–0 record with an ERA of 0.80 through his first 9 starts.[7] On June 3, 2014, he was announced as the Pipeline Pitching Prospect of the Month of May. He posted a 1–0 record and a 0.68 ERA over 5 starts to win the award.[8] On June 15, he was called up to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats after posting a 6–0 record, 1.22 ERA, and 1.025 WHIP in 13 starts with Dunedin.[9] Norris appeared in the 2014 All-Star Futures Game on June 24, 2014.[10] With New Hampshire, Norris had a 3-1 win–loss record, a 4.54 ERA, and struck out 49 in 3523 innings before he was promoted to the Triple–A Buffalo Bisons on August 7.[11] He made his Triple-A debut pitching the first game of a double-header on August 10. Norris won, pitching 6 innings against the Durham Bulls and giving up only 2 hits while striking out 10 (including Wil Myers, on a rehab assignment for the Tampa Bay Rays).[12] In his following start, he struck out a career-high 13 over 523 innings, making him the first pitcher in Bisons history to have back-to-back starts with at least 10 strikeouts.[13][14] Norris pitched 5 innings and earned his third win in three tries on August 21, against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. He struck out 9, walked 3, and gave up 1 hit (a home run).[15] While it had been speculated that Norris would be moved to the bullpen following his third Triple-A start, it was announced that he would continue in a starters role on August 22.[16] In total for 2014, he posted a 12–2 record with a 2.53 ERA and 163 strikeouts over 12423 innings.[17] On September 3, Norris was named to Baseball America's First Team All-Stars for 2014.[18] He was named to the MLB All-Prospect Team on September 26.[19]

Major league career[edit]

On September 1, 2014, Norris was called up to the Blue Jays as part of the September roster expansion.[17] On September 5, he made his MLB debut against the Boston Red Sox, striking out David Ortiz.[20] Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced on September 23 that Norris would make his first major league start on September 25, and would pitch 2–3 innings.[21] Norris would pitch 313 innings and yield 2 earned runs on 1 hit, 2 walks, while striking out 1. In total for 2014, Norris would pitch 623 innings with the Blue Jays, and post a 5.40 ERA, 4 strikeouts, and a 1.50 WHIP.

Pitching style[edit]

Norris features a four-seam fastball and two-seam fastball that he says sits between 92 and 95 mph, a slider, a circle change in the mid 80s, and a curveball in the low-to-mid 70s. He learned all of the pitches by his senior year of high school. In 2012, he overhauled his pitching mechanics to improve the repetitiveness of his delivery.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Norris lives by choice in a 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia van which he purchased after being drafted by the Blue Jays. He is an avid surfer.[23]


  1. ^ "Midseason Top 50: Injury Can't Knock Byron Buxton From No. 1". Baseball America. July 7, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ Heneghan, Kelsie (April 12, 2014). "Norris uses full arsenal to beat Manatees". MiLB.com. Retrieved May 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Prospects: Rankings: Top 100 Prospects: 2012 Top 100 Prospects". Baseball America. February 21, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (July 26, 2013). "Pitching remains strength in Blue Jays system". MLB.com. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Daniel Norris Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Knox, Zak (April 15, 2014). "Daniel Norris on the Road to Baseball Shambhala". jaysjournal.com. Retrieved May 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ Davidi, Shi (May 22, 2014). "Farm Report: Sanchez, Norris continue to impress". Sportsnet. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ Cahill, Teddy (June 2, 2014). "Bryant, Norris honored as top prospects in May". MLB.com. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ Davidi, Shi (June 15, 2014). "Jays promote LHP Norris, C Chung to double-A". Sportsnet. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (June 24, 2014). "Big league power highlights Futures Game rosters". MLB.com. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ Davidi, Shi (August 6, 2014). "Blue Jays prospect Norris promoted to triple-A". Sportsnet. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ Emrich, Robert (August 10, 2014). "Norris excels in Triple-A debut for Bisons". MiLB.com. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ Weigel, Dan (August 16, 2014). "Scouting Daniel Norris' 13 strikeout game". minorleagueball.com. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Twitter / Buffalo Bisons". Twitter. Buffalo Bisons. August 15, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ Lott, John (August 21, 2014). "Daniel Norris's third Triple-A start confirms his quick ascent in Toronto Blue Jays prospect ranks". sports.nationalpost.com. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  16. ^ Lott, John (August 23, 2014). "Toronto Blue Jays not ready to call up top prospect Daniel Norris … yet". sports.nationalpost.com. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b Davidi, Shi (September 1, 2014). "Top prospect Norris gets September call-up". Sportsnet. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  18. ^ Eddy, Matt (September 3, 2014). "Minor League All-Star Team 2014". Baseball America. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  19. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (September 26, 2014). "Unveiling the 2014 All-Prospect Team". MLB.com. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  20. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (September 6, 2014). "Top prospect Norris keeps calm in pressure-packed debut". MLB.com. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  21. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (September 23, 2014). "Gibbons to reward Norris with first big league start". MLB.com. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  22. ^ Laurila, David. "Q&A: Daniel Norris, Blue Jays Pitching Prospect". Fangraphs. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  23. ^ Couto, Melissa (February 11, 2014). "Daniel Norris Showing Drive In Journey To Majors". baseballamerica.com. Retrieved May 21, 2014. 

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