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Portrait of Bud Norris

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 29)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
149.0 4.54 1.42 135 11 7 0 0.1
Birth Date3-2-1985
Height6' 0"
Weight220 lbs
Age29 years, 7 months, 20 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.72010
1.52011
1.62012
3.12013
1.12014
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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

Advanced

'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 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
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

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 2010-05-24 On-Alr 0 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation Bursitis -
2010-05-24 2010-06-28 15-DL 35 32 Right Shoulder Inflammation Biceps Tendinitis -
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.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 10.1 8.3 0 47 24 186.4 162 65 169 21 .274 1.22 3.44 3.74 25.2 2.6
80o 9.7 8.7 0 47 24 180.2 165 66 164 22 .284 1.28 3.79 4.12 17.4 1.8
70o 9.5 9 0 47 24 175.9 167 67 160 22 .291 1.33 4.04 4.39 12.1 1.2
60o 9.3 9.3 0 47 24 172.2 168 67 156 22 .297 1.37 4.26 4.63 7.4 0.8
50o 9.1 9.6 0 47 24 168.8 169 68 153 22 .303 1.40 4.47 4.86 3.0 0.3
40o 8.9 9.9 0 47 24 165.4 171 68 150 23 .309 1.44 4.68 5.08 -1.0 -0.1
30o 8.7 10.2 0 47 24 161.9 172 69 147 23 .315 1.49 4.90 5.33 -5.6 -0.6
20o 8.4 10.5 0 47 24 157.7 173 69 143 23 .322 1.54 5.17 5.62 -10.7 -1.1
10o 8.1 11 0 47 24 152.1 175 70 138 23 .332 1.61 5.54 6.02 -17.4 -1.8
Weighted Mean9.19.604724168.91696715322.3021.404.454.843.40.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
28% 44% 18% 11% 80%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
2015307702020116114451011543.2971.374.274.648.93.57.91.20.6
201631670191911111442991543.3061.414.584.989.23.48.01.20.1
2017327802020119119461041743.2981.384.474.869.03.57.81.30.3
201833660171710010239871443.3031.414.615.019.23.57.81.30.1
20193466017179910238831343.3021.414.534.929.23.47.51.20.2
2020355601515909434771243.3081.424.554.959.43.47.71.20.1
2021365501414808330681143.3051.414.594.999.33.47.61.20.1
2022374501212717527601043.3071.434.695.109.53.47.61.3-0.0
202338440111165702554943.3131.474.905.339.73.57.51.3-0.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
44.931.650.532.126.126.5185.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 83)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 90 Ian Snell 2011 0.00 DNP
2 89 Oliver Perez 2011 0.00 DNP
3 89 Chad Gaudin 2012 5.06
4 89 Cliff Lee 2008 2.74
5 88 Boof Bonser 2011 0.00 DNP
6 88 Chuck James 2011 6.10
7 87 Jeremy Bonderman 2012 0.00 DNP
8 87 Felipe Paulino 2013 0.00 DNP
9 87 Ervin Santana 2012 5.46
10 86 Mickey Lolich 1970 4.13
11 86 Luis Tiant 1970 3.50
12 86 Jorge De La Rosa 2010 4.51
13 85 David Cone 1992 3.28
14 85 John Patterson 2007 7.18
15 85 Joe Hesketh 1988 3.59
16 85 Sid Fernandez 1992 2.81
17 85 Mario Soto 1986 5.23
18 85 Steve Carlton 1974 3.65
19 85 John Tudor 1983 4.54
20 84 Scott Baker 2011 3.34
21 84 Andy Benes 1997 3.25
22 84 Mike Witt 1990 4.77
23 84 Ed Halicki 1980 5.52
24 84 John Montefusco 1979 4.20
25 84 Erik Hiljus 2002 6.90
26 84 Ray Culp 1971 4.01
27 84 Tom Gorzelanny 2012 3.38
28 84 Mike Flanagan 1981 4.27
29 83 Chris Capuano 2008 0.00 DNP
30 83 Luke Hochevar 2013 1.92
31 83 Gil Meche 2008 4.19
32 83 Ted Lilly 2005 5.63
33 83 Hideo Nomo 1998 5.03
34 83 Shaun Marcum 2011 3.77
35 83 Dennis Leonard 1980 4.05
36 83 Kevin Slowey 2013 4.21
37 83 Bob Welch 1986 3.63
38 83 Jim Lonborg 1971 4.62
39 83 Mark Gardner 1991 4.17
40 82 Bill Singer 1973 3.54
41 82 Don Drysdale 1966 3.75
42 82 Aaron Harang 2007 3.85
43 82 Byung-Hyun Kim 2008 0.00 DNP
44 82 Rudy May 1974 3.88
45 82 Johnny Podres 1962 4.27 DNP
46 82 Jose Deleon 1990 4.73
47 82 Juan Pizarro 1966 4.97
48 82 Dennis Rasmussen 1988 3.65
49 82 Carl Erskine 1956 4.44
50 82 Ted Higuera 1987 4.13
51 82 Adam Eaton 2007 6.51
52 82 Mel Queen 1971 2.33
53 82 Jim Bunning 1961 3.79
54 82 Rick Sutcliffe 1985 3.53
55 82 Scott Sanders 1998 8.70
56 82 Chris Short 1967 2.44
57 81 Chuck Porter 1984 4.20
58 81 Rodrigo Lopez 2005 5.42
59 81 Alex Fernandez 1999 3.83
60 81 Bob Johnson 1972 3.11
61 81 Jonathan Sanchez 2012 8.35
62 81 James Shields 2011 3.00
63 81 Larry Christenson 1983 4.66
64 81 Dwight Gooden 1994 6.97
65 81 Andy Sonnanstine 2012 0.00 DNP
66 81 Jeff Karstens 2012 4.07
67 81 Don Elston 1958 3.24
68 81 Sonny Siebert 1966 3.32
69 81 Darren Dreifort 2001 5.89
70 81 Craig Swan 1980 4.14
71 81 Ross Ohlendorf 2012 8.14
72 81 Denny Neagle 1998 3.89
73 81 Jack Harshman 1957 4.64
74 81 Tim Belcher 1991 3.27
75 81 Melido Perez 1995 5.97
76 81 Pete Vuckovich 1982 3.86
77 81 Casey Fossum 2007 8.41
78 80 Steve Farr 1986 3.21
79 80 Ken Holtzman 1975 3.68 DNP
80 80 Sterling Hitchcock 2000 5.21
81 80 Pete Harnisch 1996 4.76
82 80 Ralph Branca 1955 0.00 DNP
83 80 Al Downing 1970 4.39
84 80 James Baldwin 2001 4.89
85 80 Billy Pierce 1956 3.52
86 80 Manny Parra 2012 5.98
87 80 Mike Smithson 1984 4.04
88 80 Rick Langford 1981 3.73
89 80 Brett Myers 2010 3.54
90 80 J.A. Happ 2012 4.85
91 80 Pete Schourek 1998 4.65
92 80 Rick Helling 2000 5.06
93 80 Steve Stone 1977 4.95
94 80 Roger Mason 1987 5.19
95 80 Larry Dierker 1976 4.08
96 80 Tom Underwood 1983 4.29
97 80 Livan Hernandez 2004 3.71
98 80 Ken Kravec 1981 5.51
99 80 Stan Spencer 1999 10.33
100 80 Len Barker 1985 6.72

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

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 The overall result in 2012 was a slight backslide from Norris's league average-ish 2011 season, but—typical of Norris—it tantalized with its promise. When fully healthy, Norris seemed in better control of his stuff, and he was doing a good job of spotting his sinker behind his four-seam fastball and slider. He used his change less, which was just as well, as it still doesn't fool lefties. But one really has to selectively pick endpoints (as in first nine and final seven starts) to be tantalized, as the portion of the season sandwiched in the middle was foul indeed. The question of whether he's the average pitcher his overall results keep indicating or something better is no closer to being answered than it was before last season.
2012 Norris throws a mid-90s fastball and a slider that's hell on right-handed batters. His changeup still isn't refined enough to use often, and lefties still tee off on him. The result is thoroughly average pitching, despite “Grade A” stuff. While not a workhorse, he's averaged almost 180 innings the past three seasons. As is, Norris helps a team. If he can figure out one trick to get lefties out, his effectiveness could increase greatly.
2011 David Norris became known as Bud at the age of three, after mimicking the rest of the adult males at a restaurant table by ordering Anheuser-Busch's best-known beverage. The Astros are banking on his becoming a Clydesdale in their rotation, but his walk rate is closer to a canter. Norris flashes the potential to be a dominant top-of-the-rotation starter and finished the season with 9.25 punchouts per nine innings, the fifth-highest strikeout rate recorded by an NL hurler with a minimum of 150 innings pitched. A power pitcher with a fastball that sits at 94 mph and a slider that reaches 88, Norris tends to telegraph and overthrow his curveball. He has trouble with control and suffers from the misfortune of being a fly-ball pitcher working in a park that punishes pitchers for allowing balls in the air.
2010 Norris's debut was spectacular, given the modest expectations that attend most Astros prospects, as he started ten games for the Astros in the final two months. He really turned on the jets in September, allowing just four runs in 23 IP in his last four starts of the season, striking out 24 and walking six. Despite his lack of height and chunky build, thanks to a mid-90s fastball and an improving slider, he's put up solid K/BB numbers throughout his minor-league career. Rather than settle for genetic destiny as an undertall hurler, he's worked on his delivery to multiply the number of angles he comes at hitters, improving the tilt on his slider, and making his fastball that much more effective. He should be locked into a rotation spot starting now, regardless of the current master plan for world domination from the front office.
2009 Norris's small size and the effort in his delivery suggest he won't hold up as starter, and, as if to prove the point, he did go down with some elbow trouble last year. He was a reliever in the Arizona Fall League and excelled—his fastball, normally 92-95 mph, was hitting 97. While his curve is a plus pitch, his changeup is best left to theory. The Astros are strongly considering making that bullpen move a permanent one.
2008 Norris is one of the few bright spots in baseball's worst minor league system. A sixth-round pick in 2006, Norris surprised scouts last year when he started putting his fastball in the 93 to 95 mph range and touching 97 while also missing bats with a hammer curve. Some see him as a reliever due to his size and lack of a changeup, but the Astros will take anything they can get right now.

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BP Chats

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).