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Birth Date3-2-1985
Height6' 0"
Weight220 lbs
Age29 years, 8 months, 25 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.72010
1.52011
1.62012
3.12013
1.02014
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2009 HOU 24 11 10 55.7 52.7 3.0 6 3 0 0 5 0 249 59 29 28 9 97 25 24 3 54 4.53 4.73 4.56 5.8 0.5
2010 HOU 25 27 27 153.7 153.7 0.0 9 10 0 0 10 1 683 151 94 84 18 243 77 74 6 158 4.92 4.19 4.49 6.3 0.7
2011 HOU 26 31 31 186.0 186.0 0.0 6 11 0 0 16 3 795 177 93 78 24 291 70 63 5 176 3.77 3.99 4.32 12.6 1.5
2012 HOU 27 29 29 168.3 168.3 0.0 7 13 0 0 17 0 732 165 90 87 23 275 66 64 8 165 4.65 4.27 4.45 15.7 1.6
2013 BAL 28 11 9 50.7 48.0 2.7 4 3 0 0 3 0 232 61 27 27 6 95 24 24 1 57 4.80 3.84 3.31 10.8 1.2
2013 HOU 28 21 21 126.0 126.0 0.0 6 9 0 0 13 0 541 135 62 55 11 202 43 43 4 90 3.93 3.90 3.98 17.8 2.0
2014 BAL 29 28 28 165.3 165.3 0.0 15 8 0 0 11 2 687 149 68 67 20 244 52 50 14 139 3.65 4.25 4.53 8.6 1.0
Career158155905.7900.05.753570075639198974634261111447357342418394.234.154.3277.78.4

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'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2006 TCV A- 15 3 38.2 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .278 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 LEX A 22 22 96.7 4.03 117 .243 .269 .346 .414 .268 .316 103 22.3 2.2 22.3 2.2
2007 SLM A+ 1 1 6.0 4.95 98 .177 .250 .317 .384 .246 .226 101 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2007 nsh Wnt 7 6 24.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .278 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 CCH AA 19 19 80.0 3.93 108 .281 .269 .345 .412 .280 .365 91 13.8 1.4 16.2 1.5
2008 SUR Wnt 12 0 19.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .283 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 HOU MLB 11 10 55.7 4.56 95 .280 .264 .332 .425 .266 .316 96 5.0 0.5 5.8 0.5
2009 ROU AAA 19 19 120.0 3.68 107 .259 .266 .336 .408 .277 .293 85 16.2 1.6 15.9 1.5
2010 HOU MLB 27 27 153.7 4.49 85 .289 .251 .318 .392 .264 .314 89 4.0 0.4 6.3 0.7
2010 ROU AAA 3 3 14.7 4.06 115 .260 .282 .349 .448 .265 .349 96 3.7 0.4 3.5 0.3
2011 HOU MLB 31 31 186.0 4.32 95 .260 .250 .312 .388 .257 .294 99 12.6 1.3 12.6 1.5
2012 HOU MLB 29 29 168.3 4.45 95 .268 .255 .315 .401 .258 .301 99 15.6 1.6 15.7 1.6
2012 OKL AAA 1 1 5.0 6.35 65 .290 .287 .354 .451 .280 .111 95 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2013 BAL MLB 11 9 50.7 3.31 121 .302 .257 .320 .405 .266 .382 98 10.2 1.1 10.8 1.2
2013 HOU MLB 21 21 126.0 3.98 107 .274 .261 .324 .418 .273 .316 100 16.6 1.8 17.8 2.0
2014 BAL MLB 28 28 165.3 4.53 90 .264 .254 .318 .394 .264 .279 100 8.1 0.9 8.6 1.0
2014 BOW AA 1 1 4.3 3.04 133 .308 .260 .339 .371 .263 .444 103 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2006 TCV A- 2 0 2 15 3 38.2 28 13 46 1 0% .278 6.6 3.1 0.2 10.8 1.07 3.77 0.0 0.0
2007 LEX A 2 8 0 22 22 96.7 85 41 117 8 49% .316 7.9 3.8 0.7 10.9 1.30 4.75 22.3 2.2
2007 nsh Wnt 2 1 0 7 6 24.7 16 12 33 1 0% .278 5.8 4.4 0.4 12.0 1.13 3.64 0.0 0.0
2007 SLM A+ 1 0 0 1 1 6.0 4 1 2 0 58% .226 6.0 1.5 0.0 3.0 0.83 1.50 0.6 0.1
2008 SUR Wnt 0 0 1 12 0 19.0 14 13 20 1 0% .283 6.6 6.2 0.5 9.5 1.42 1.89 0.0 0.0
2008 CCH AA 3 8 0 19 19 80.0 89 31 84 8 50% .365 10.0 3.5 0.9 9.4 1.50 4.05 16.2 1.5
2009 ROU AAA 4 9 0 19 19 120.0 104 53 112 6 50% .293 7.8 4.0 0.5 8.4 1.31 2.62 15.9 1.5
2009 HOU MLB 6 3 0 11 10 55.7 59 25 54 9 41% .316 9.5 4.0 1.5 8.7 1.51 4.53 5.8 0.5
2010 HOU MLB 9 10 0 27 27 153.7 151 77 158 18 45% .314 8.8 4.5 1.1 9.3 1.48 4.92 6.3 0.7
2010 ROU AAA 1 0 0 3 3 14.7 16 6 14 1 41% .349 9.8 3.7 0.6 8.6 1.50 3.06 3.5 0.3
2011 HOU MLB 6 11 0 31 31 186.0 177 70 176 24 42% .294 8.6 3.4 1.2 8.5 1.33 3.77 12.6 1.5
2012 HOU MLB 7 13 0 29 29 168.3 165 66 165 23 40% .301 8.8 3.5 1.2 8.8 1.37 4.65 15.7 1.6
2012 OKL AAA 1 0 0 1 1 5.0 3 3 7 2 18% .111 5.4 5.4 3.6 12.6 1.20 3.60 -0.2 -0.0
2013 HOU MLB 6 9 0 21 21 126.0 135 43 90 11 41% .316 9.6 3.1 0.8 6.4 1.41 3.93 17.8 2.0
2013 BAL MLB 4 3 0 11 9 50.7 61 24 57 6 45% .382 10.8 4.3 1.1 10.1 1.68 4.80 10.8 1.2
2014 BAL MLB 15 8 0 28 28 165.3 149 52 139 20 44% .279 8.1 2.8 1.1 7.6 1.22 3.65 8.6 1.0
2014 BOW AA 0 1 0 1 1 4.3 4 5 7 0 67% .444 8.3 10.4 0.0 14.5 2.08 6.23 1.2 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 934 0.5503 0.4465 0.7530 0.6051 0.2524 0.8424 0.4906 0.2422
2010 2675 0.4953 0.4521 0.7525 0.6347 0.2719 0.8478 0.5341 0.2450
2011 3109 0.4802 0.4693 0.7642 0.6423 0.3094 0.8738 0.5540 0.2337
2012 2813 0.5002 0.4575 0.7659 0.6162 0.2980 0.8662 0.5585 0.2325
2013 3017 0.5098 0.4587 0.7903 0.6307 0.2792 0.8794 0.5811 0.2082
2014 2737 0.4991 0.4638 0.8329 0.6574 0.2706 0.9109 0.6442 0.1647
Career152850.50.45960.77920.63430.28430.87370.5690.2186

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-22 2014-07-08 15-DL 16 16 Right Groin Strain -
2014-06-05 2014-06-05 DTD 0 0 Right Forearm Contusion Batted Ball -
2014-04-24 2014-04-24 DTD 0 0 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-09-09 2013-09-20 DTD 11 10 Right Elbow Soreness - -
2013-07-09 2013-07-09 DTD 0 0 - Ankle Sprain - -
2013-05-22 2013-05-27 DTD 5 4 - Low Back Spasms -
2013-05-14 2013-05-21 DTD 7 6 - Low Back Spasms - -
2012-09-09 2012-09-20 DTD 11 10 Right Fingers Blister Middle Finger - -
2012-08-28 2012-08-28 DTD 0 0 Right Fingers Blister - -
2012-08-16 2012-08-22 DTD 6 4 Left Foot Contusion Batted Ball - -
2012-06-13 2012-06-29 15-DL 16 15 Left Knee Sprain - -
2012-05-31 2012-05-31 DTD 0 0 Right Hip Strain - -
2012-03-08 2012-03-17 Camp 9 0 Right Upper Arm Tightness Triceps - -
2011-09-21 2011-09-29 DTD 8 8 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2011-08-01 2011-08-01 DTD 0 0 Right Fingers Blister Middle Finger - -
2011-03-07 2011-03-07 Camp 0 0 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2010-05-24 2010-06-28 15-DL 35 32 Right Shoulder Inflammation Biceps Tendinitis -
2010-05-24 2010-05-24 On-Alr 0 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation Bursitis -
2010-03-14 2010-03-21 Camp 7 0 General Medical Illness GI -
2009-09-24 2009-10-04 DTD 10 9 Right Shoulder Fatigue -
2008-05-23 2008-07-06 Minors 44 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 BAL $
2014 BAL $5,300,000
2013 HOU $3,000,000
2012 HOU $511,000
2011 HOU $437,500
2010 HOU $401,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$4,349,500
2011Current$5,300,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$9,649,500
5 yrTotal$9,649,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 68 dJoel Wolfe1 year/$5.3M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$5.3M (2014). Re-signed by Baltimore 1/16/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3M (2013). Re-signed by Houston 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Baltimore in trade from Houston 7/31/13.
  • 1 year/$0.511M (2012). Re-signed by Houston 2/16/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4375M (2011). Re-signed by Houston 2/11.
  • 1 year/$0.401M (2010). Renewed by Houston 3/3/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Houston 7/29/09.
  • Drafted by Houston 2006 (6-189) (Cal Poly). $0.14M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .294 .369 .478 .299
11 vs R (Multi) .242 .305 .362 .238
18 Split (Multi) .052 .063 .116 .062
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .315 .381 .509 .313
31 vs R (2013) .241 .307 .322 .225
38 Split (2013) .074 .074 .187 .088
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)If we are to refer to good fastballs as "cheese", who throws cheddar, who throws blue, who throws pepperjack, and who throws the clearly inferior American cheese? Asking for a friend.
(Yung Charcuterie from Your friendly neighborhood meat store)
Cheddar would be Yordano Ventura (sharp, in your face). Blu would be Alex Cobb (best left as a complement to other ingredients). Pepperjack would be Tim Hudson (appears underwhelming but very effective). American Cheese would be Bud Norris, for sure. (Ben Carsley)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do we get Gausman in some form this year? I'd love to see him close. I'm not buying T.Hunter.
(Baltimore Jim from MD)
I'd love to see him start. I'm not buying Bud Norris. I think he gets into the rotation sooner rather than later and proves he belongs. (Bret Sayre)
2013-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did any team do better than the Astros at the deadline? Seems like they turned a reliever pretending to be a starter, a low-tier closer and a fourth outfielder into a good OF prospect, a solid OF prospect, two strong SP prospects, a PTBNL and a top 40 overall pick in a strong draft class next year.
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston)
I think the two Chicago teams did. The Astros didn't get a prospect of Garcia or Olt's cut, and the Cubs also received a close-to-surefire MLB pitcher in Justin Grimm. Houston did get some interesting pieces. Danry Vazquez's power is intriguing, L.J. Hoes could be a nice bench piece, and the arms might turn into something (though I think the Kyle Smith outrage, which seems based upon his numbers alone is a bit much; besides, Justin Maxwell is an okay fourth outfielder). We'll see what the PTBNL and draft pick yields.

Of course, on the bright side: Houston didn't give up a whole lot that impacts their future. Jose Veras was always trade bait, Bud Norris is about to cost more than a bad team should pay him, and Justin Maxwell was a savvy waiver-wire pickup. So Houston seemingly did well. I just don't know if they did the best. (R.J. Anderson Trade Deadline Wrap Chat)
2013-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Bud Norris continues his so-so performance up until the trade deadline, do you think the Astros trade him for whatever they can get or just hold him. I mean guys who can throw 200 innings are valuable for any team. The Astros need those innings pretty badly. What do you think they should do if a top 100 prospect or something of similar value could not be had for him?
(James from Morgantown)
I still think they move him given where he is in the salary structure, and the part that would scare me if I'm another team is his inability to pitch away from Minute Maid Park. He's terrific at home, but I don't think I ever got anybody to put a finger on why his numbers were so much worse on the road. (Zachary Levine)
2013-01-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)For a while it looked to be a sure thing that Bud Norris was going to be dealt. What do you think his chances are now?
(webberoo11 from Las Vegas)
The Astros still have three years of team control remaining with Norris, so they're not necessarily in a big hurry to move him. I think that teams in the market for him may be more inclined to use him as a setup man, which could contribute to a value mismatch in negotiations, since Houston has been using him as a starter. Things can change with one phone call, but I'd guess he'll stay with the Astros until at least this year's trade deadline. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Bud Norris is a name being floated around as a possible trade chip. While the results haven't been great for him, his stuff is, he could be a solid closer if starting doesn't work out, and teams are paying a premium for starting pitching right now. Is the time to deal him now, before we see what might happen to him against AL lineups? What kind of return could Astros fans reasonably expect for him?
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
Glad to see you in the queue again, Ashitaka1110. I do think this is the right time for the Astros to move Norris, because he's entering his arbitration years, and the near-term control is more important to a team in need of rotation depth or a closer right now. I doubt that Jeff Luhnow can snag a high-level prospect for Norris, but a useful young player who could contribute down the road should be attainable. For more details, see my writeup in Norris in Tuesday's Roundup (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=19200). (Daniel Rathman)
2012-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the Astros were to deal Bud Norris in the off-season, what kind of return might they realistically get? Less than for Gio Gonzalez and Mat Latos, but he's also young, controllable, affordable and has good stuff.
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
I don't know. In the past three years, he has thrown 465 innings, 2.3 Ks/BB, 1.2 HR/9, 9 Ks/9. In the three seasons before Garza was traded, he had thrown 595 innings, 2.3 Ks/BB, 1.1 HRs/9. And Norris is the same age Garza was. So will teams look at Norris and see that comparison? Or will they see lack of durability, an ERA+ that would make Barry Zito shake his head, and stagnation? I'd guess a little more of the latter, unfortunately for Houston. (Sam Miller)
2011-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Brian Matusz will get right this year? Opens on DL, comes off, pitches mediocre at best, tweaks hammy.... I had high hopes for him, and now am at the point of cutting him for free agent Bud Norris.
(Yatchisin from Santa Barbara)
I wouldn't give up on Matusz, but if you can drop him for Norris, I'd definitely do it. (Derek Carty)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Need 3 keepers from the following… Carlos Ruiz $3, Nyjer Morgan $10, Johnny Cueto $12, Jorge Delarosa $9, Bud Norris $1, Jonathan Sanchez $10, Ubaldo $26. NL only, 12 teams $260 budget
(D Brown from Pittsburgh)
I say Ruiz, De La Rosa and Sanchez. Rob McQuown says Ruiz, Cueto and Sanchez. Cueto and DLR should both get good run support and have quality defenses behind them, though Colorado is obviously a potential problem. (Marc Normandin)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bud Norris: really nice K rate plus ridonkulous BABIP and LOB equals him a much worse ERA than he should have - you buying in a 12 team league?
(don from lansing)
Norris still has no idea where the ball is going when he throws it, and Houston's defense is horrendous. They're converting 62 percent of balls in play into outs. Toss Norris in a vacuum, free of his current context, and I'm buying. As an Astro? I think this analyst has the right idea:

(Marc Normandin)
2010-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Give me one good reason why I should spend my hard earn money to watch the Astros play this season.
(Upset Astros Fan from Houstons)
Um, because you like going to the ballpark and keeping score? Bud Norris is kinda cool? (Tommy Bennett)
2010-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jay Could you rank the following pitchers going forward: Bud Norris, Kenshin Kawakami, John Ely and Chris Narveson. Thanks
(Ed from Cranford, NJ)
Except for Ely, they're all sporting pretty high ERAs at the moment. Narveson has shown he can can miss bats, which is pretty handy for a lefty, Kawakami and Norris showed they belonged at the major league level last year. Ely certainly didn't register as the type of stopper he's been in the past two outings, so I worry that his success may be more short-lived. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Brad What do you think of Bud Norris this year? Will he stay in the rotation or move to the bullpen? Thanks
(Ed from Cranford, NJ)
Looked good against the Cardinals yesterday. The Astros win! Norris has been a positive on team with a lot of negatives and has 66 Ks in 63+ big-league innings. I don't see him headed to the pen anytime soon. (Bradford Doolittle)
2008-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you tell me something good about the Astros system? Last week's future shock blurb was really depressing. Seriously, is there any bright spot there in the darkness?
(Fred from Houston)
Bud Norris. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-05 12:30:00 (link to chat)How about Corpus Christi's rotation so far? Do any of those kids ( James, Norris, Bogusevic, Douglass) have a future in Minute Maid Park?
(Darin from Houston, TX)
Oh, Darin, you know who you're asking this to, right? This is the guy that had Bud Norris as a preseason breakout prospect this winter, and Brian Bogusevic as a breakout prospect the year before that. I'm a believer, dude. I really like Bud Norris, I think he was a great pick and his handling grades out as an A+. Bogusevic is sort of a different beast, and he's just never turned that corner for me. I think Norris is the only one who has a good start at Minute Maid, but I won't turn away the idea of a relief career for Bogu or a long relief career for James. (Bryan Smith)


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Bud Norris has thrown 15,272 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Slider (88mph), also mixing in a Sinker (94mph) and Change (87mph).