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September 2, 2014

The Call-Up

Daniel Norris

by Craig Goldstein and Mark Anderson


The Situation: With the postseason all but out of reach, the Blue Jays are promoting yet another of their top pitching prospects. Following the promotion of Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez earlier this year, left-hander Daniel Norris will cap off his season in the big leagues.

Background: After being popped in the second round in 2011, Norris made his professional debut with a very rough showing across two levels in 2012. He rebounded some in 2013 and posted a 4.20 ERA and better than a strikeout per inning with Low-A Lansing. The 2014 season represented Norris' coming-out party as he breezed through three levels, capping it off with a 3.18 ERA in 22 2/3 innings at Triple-A, where he allowed just 14 hits and fanned 22 batters.

Scouting Report: Norris can come at hitters with a four-pitch mix that is fronted by a quality fastball and slider combination. Norris can run the fastball toward 95 mph when he needs a little extra and sits comfortably in the low 90s. His fastball has very good movement and he can work it east-west with ease. The slider comes in around the mid-80s with plus potential, giving Norris two pitches that can be high-end major-league offerings.

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