Derek Norris

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Derek Norris
Derek Norris catcher in April 2014.jpg
Norris with the Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics – No. 36
Born: (1989-02-14) February 14, 1989 (age 25)
Goddard, Kansas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 21, 2012 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .246
Hits 211
Home runs 26
Runs batted in 119
Career highlights and awards

Derek Ryan Norris (born February 14, 1989) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Early life[edit]

Norris graduated from Goddard High School in Goddard, Kansas in 2007. RISE Magazine named Norris its 2006–2007 Kansas Baseball Player of the Year.[1] He committed to attend Wichita State University on a baseball scholarship.[2]

Minor league career[edit]

Norris was selected by the Nationals in the fourth round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.[3] Norris spent the 2007 season with the GCL Nationals, Washington's affiliate in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He played for the Vermont Lake Monsters of the New York - Penn League in 2008, the Hagerstown Suns of the Class-A South Atlantic League in 2009, the Potomac Nationals of the Class-A Advanced Carolina League in 2010, and the Harrisburg Senators of the Class-AA Eastern League in 2011. Baseball America rated Norris the 38th best prospect in baseball prior to the 2010 season and the 72nd best prospect in baseball prior to the 2011 season. He was also chosen as the Nationals' second best prospect prior to the 2011 season.[4]

On December 23, 2011, Norris was traded with A. J. Cole, Tom Milone and Brad Peacock to the Oakland Athletics for Gio Gonzalez and Robert Gilliam.

Professional career[edit]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

Norris with the Athletics

Norris made his MLB debut for the A's on June 21, 2012. He was called up to be a backup catcher behind the offensively struggling Kurt Suzuki. He went 0 for 3 but made a key defensive play in the 9th inning throwing out Dodgers Dee Gordon attempting to steal second base. On June 24, 2012, in the bottom of the 9th inning on a full count and the A's trailing 2–1, he hit his first career home run, a walk-off 3-run homer that helped the A's sink the San Francisco Giants, 4–2.

In 2013, Norris played in 98 games, hitting for a .246 batting average with 9 home runs and 30 runs batted in.[5] He missed portions of August and September with a broken toe.[6]


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