Bud Norris' 2016 campaign was a far cry from his solid 28-start season he produced just two years before. Last season, the veteran starter latched on with the Braves to be the veteran presence in their rotation, but he was relegated to the bullpen after just one month of dreadful pitching. A few solid starts in June prompted Atlanta to sell high and ship him to the Dodgers, where he struggled even more. The final tallies of his tumultuous season: a 5.10 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP, and a 3.9 BB/9. His decent strikeout totals helped him land a minor league contract with the Angels where he'll compete for a rotation spot. However, the 31-year-old has a lot to prove before he can be trusted with a rotation spot or a fantasy roster spot again.
Manager Mike Scioscia said that Norris will continue to pitch multiple innings this spring, but he will not follow the four-day rest schedule the starters follow, The Orange County Register reports. This all but confirms that Norris will be used as a reliever to begin the season, making Jesse Chavez the logical choice to the fill the fifth starter role. The 32-year-old Norris struggled this spring, posting a 5.68 ERA in 6.1 innings of work. Norris was unlikely to generate much fantasy value as a starter anyway, but it looks like he can be safely avoided even in deeper formats.
Norris allowed three runs on three hits while striking out two across two innings of work Saturday. It was his first appearance in nearly a week after he was pulled from his last outing with a torn fingernail. Although not all went as planned for Norris, it's good news that he was able to get through a pair of innings without aggravating his finger. He'll look to settle in and turn things around as he competes for the Angels' fifth starter spot with a handful of candidates this spring.
Norris (finger) threw a successful bullpen Wednesday and is scheduled to pitch two innings in Saturday's tilt against the Dodgers, The Orange County Register reports. Norris came out of his last start with a torn fingernail and has been held out of action for a week. He is currently competing for the Angels' fifth starter spot with a handful of candidates. Realistically, the two veterans in the competition (both he and Jesse Chavez) are the main candidates, so it is important for Norris to get back on the mound to prove his worth. From a fantasy perspective, both options provide similar value: deep league options with some strikeout potential.
Norris (finger) had ripped his middle fingernail while throwing a slider in his start on Friday. He doesn't think it will cause him to miss his next bullpen session on Tuesday or Wednesday, The Orange County Register reports. Norris is currently competing for the Angels' fifth starter spot, so it is fortunate for him that this ailment isn't expected to keep him out long. Both he and Jesse Chavez are considered the early front-runners to win the job out of spring training, so how they perform on the mound should ultimately dictate the organization's final decision.
Norris -- who is fighting for the Angels' fifth rotation spot -- had a successful debut Sunday, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out two against the Athletics. Norris was brought into Angels' camp as a non-roster invitee, so he will have to stand out this spring to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. He hasn't had an ERA under five over the past two seasons, but he did post a 3.65 ERA with Baltimore in 2014 and he hasn't had a strikeout rate below 7.5 across his eight-year career. Norris is toying with a new delivery and said that it will take a while for him to implement it fully. If the delivery helps him reign in his pitches (3.9 BB/9 last season) and he wins the fifth starter job, then he could have some deep league intrigue for strikeout potential.