Part of the haul from the trade that sent David Price to Toronto, who brought back both Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris (plus a lefty relief prospect). Norris enjoyed a nice 69-inning sample, but back and oblique injuries kept him from a larger inning count. Thankfully, he did log another 86 innings in the minors, so if performance and health allow it, he'll be ready for a full season in 2017. His 93 mph fastball was eighth-best among lefties who threw at least 60 innings as a starter ahead of luminaries like Clayton Kershaw, David Price, and Chris Sale. Of course, pitching is more than velocity, but it's a good start. The fastball needs to improve versus righties (too many homers) if he wants to cut into the 152-point OPS platoon split, but he showed enough with the slider, changeup, and curve to justify the No. 2/No. 3 starter upside he was tabbed with as a prospect. Buy.
Norris appears to be closing in on the Tigers' No. 4 starter job to begin the season, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. Norris has fared well in three spring starts, giving up two earned runs on five hits over 8.1 frames. The Tigers may opt to use Norris closer to the middle of the rotation in an effort to break up the team's three right-handed starters, likely behind Justin Verlander and Michael Fulmer. Norris has shown the ability to miss bats during his time in the big leagues thus far, including a 71:22 K:BB in 69.1 innings for the Tigers last season.
Norris struck out three in 3.2 innings in Sunday's loss to the Yankees, allowing three hits and his first two earned runs of the spring. Norris has now pitched a total of 8.1 innings this spring, and he's allowed just five hits and two earned runs. The young lefty looks like he's locking up the No. 4 spot in Detroit's rotation, and he's an interesting pitcher to watch this season due to his upside.
Norris struggled with his command in his spring training debut Tuesday, throwing 40 pitches (21 for strikes) in 1.2 innings, MLB.com reports. Norris' stuff looked good and he didn't allow any runs, but his control was inconsistent. "Sometimes you go out there and you feel like you haven't thrown in forever, so you have to figure something out," Norris said. "You're kind of making stuff up as you go." The young lefty figures to open the season as Detroit's No. 4 starter, but he'll have to be more efficient with his pitches to be successful.
Norris will start Friday against the Braves. Norris will now take the mound Friday, as his scheduled Thursday start versus the Indians has been postponed. Norris has put together a solid showing for the month of September, having posted a 3.13 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over four games.
Norris won't pitch Thursday against the Indians as the game was postponed due to adverse field conditions. Courtesy of heavy rain, Thursday's game had been delayed for over four hours before finally being postponed. The game will be played Monday if needed, as the Tigers may have a chance to earn a Wild Card spot for the 2016 playoffs. However, it's unknown whether or not Norris would start said game for the Tigers.