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Daniel Norris

Born: 04/25/1993 (Age: 21)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 180
Mechanics
3/4 arm slot; easy, loose delivery; not much restriction - repeatable; balanced; a bit short with arm action; fast arm; uses body to stay on top of ball; steps towards first base prior to landing; inconsistent with front foot at times; 1.39-1.52 out of stretch.
Evaluator Chris Mellen
Report Date 07/20/2014
Affiliate New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA, Blue Jays)
Dates Seen 7/19
OFP 65
Realistic 55; no.4 starter
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 60 60 92-93 95 Displays arm-side run, with late finish; ability to throw to both sides of the plate; solid-average present command; potential to induce a lot of weak contact; excellent life in the lower tier of strike zone; capable of beating both right-handed and left-handed batters inside; can be thrown past hitters elevated selectively.
Slider 55 60 83-85 87 Short, tight break; guise between fastball as thrown from the same arm-slot; loose with wrist when delivering pitch; can get around offering and spin to plate; throws for strikes; will change shape to create chase pitch or back-door to right-handed batters; bat-missing potential; displays confidence to use pitch at any point in the count; out-pitch.
Curevball 45 50 72-74 75 Flashes deep, two-plane break; on the soft side - lacks power; hitters able to wait on offering to square up; inconsistent creating good snap; pitch rolls to plate more often due to wrist wrap; can drop in for a strike; don't see pitch getting many chases without increased power; presently a "show me" offering; potential to tighten up further, but don't believe pitch will be more than 3rd/4th option in arsenal.
Chanegup 45 55 83-85 86 On the firm side; looks more like a fastball pitcher is taking something off of; tends to float in middle of strike zone and lack finish; flashes feel for offering; smooth with arm-speed when delivering; needs more trust in grip to create better action; ability to turnover and bottom out; feel there is potential for pitch to take a step forward as shows characteristics to do so with more repetition and pitcher displays commitment to working on it.
Overall

Good looking stuff - feel for all four pitches; potential to be very nasty on opposing hitters; level of polish needs to take a step forward to reach potential; see some bumps in the road during next season or so while pitcher finds the identity of third offering to compliment fastball and slider; competitor on mound - wants the ball; future long-term big-leaguer; high potential to stick as starter for me; believe arm can round into solid mid-rotational starter, with potential to have a season or two above that.

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