Derek Norris

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Derek Norris
Derek Norris catcher in April 2014.jpg
Norris with the Oakland Athletics.
San Diego Padres – No. 3
Catcher
Born: (1989-02-14) February 14, 1989 (age 26)
Goddard, Kansas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 21, 2012 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
(through June 29, 2015)
Batting average .246
Home runs 37
Runs batted in 164
Teams
Career highlights and awards

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

Background[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]

Professional career[edit]

Washington Nationals[edit]

Norris was selected by the Washington 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]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

Norris with the Athletics

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.

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. When Suzuki was traded to the Washington Nationals on August 3, Norris became the primary catcher for the A's, backed up by the newly acquired George Kottaras. Norris finished the 2012 season batting .201 with 7 home runs in 209 at-bats and 53 starts at catcher.

In 2013, Norris was the primary catcher in a catching platoon, backed up by left-handed hitters John Jaso and Stephen Vogt.[5] Norris missed portions of August and September with a broken toe.[6] He started 71 games at catcher and played in 98 games overall, hitting for a .246 batting average with 9 home runs and 30 runs batted in.[7]

Norris was selected as an All-Star in 2014.[8] He hit .270 with 10 home runs in 385 at-bats, making 93 starts at catcher with John Jaso as a back-up.

San Diego Padres[edit]

On December 18, 2014, the Athletics traded Norris and Seth Streich to the San Diego Padres in exchange for R.J. Alvarez and Jesse Hahn.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""RISE selects Goddard High School standout as Gatorade Kansas Baseball Player of the Year", retrieved 14-Feb-2008". Risemag.com. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Wichita Eagle: Search Results". Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Washington Nationals 2007 draft results, retrieved 14-Feb-2008". Washington.nationals.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Central PA. "Harrisburg Senators notebook: Nationals doing right by taking conservative route with Bryce Harper | PennLive.com". Blog.pennlive.com. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ Slusser, Susan (February 19, 2014). "A's catcher Derek Norris eager to break out of platoon role". SFGate.com. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ Snyder, Matt (September 5, 2013). "A's catcher Derek Norris reinstated from disabled list". CBS Sports. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Derek Norris Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ Lee, Jane (July 6, 2014). "Oakland boasts largest contingent on All-Star roster". MLB.com. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Padres trade Jesse Hahn, R.J. Alvarez to A's for Derek Norris - UTSanDiego.com". U-T San Diego. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 

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