28-Year-Old Catcher – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Tepid interest from other clubs at the trade deadline kept Norris in San Diego during the second half of 2016, as his .186/.255/.328 line was easily the worst he's produced since becoming a big league...
Derek Norris Contract Information:
Agreed to a one-year, $4.2 million contract with the Nationals in January of 2017, avoiding arbitration.
Norris was released by the Rays on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Derek Norris: MLB Games Played By Position
Derek Norris Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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Derek Norris Defensive Stats
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2017 Stat Review for Derek Norris As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.
A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.
Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.
SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.
Derek Norris: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Norris spent the 2015 season as the Padres' starting catcher and also spent time getting experience at first base. After an All-Star season in Oakland in 2014, Norris had a similar year statistically in his first season in San Diego. His strikeout numbers are high, but less so for a catcher, making him a reliable everyday option. The 27-year-old will start at catcher again this year, and the transition to playing some first base will give him more opportunities and should lead to increased production.
Norris had a very solid 2014 campaign, upping his batting average from .246 to .270 while also contributing 10 homers. He appeared to tire down the stretch and it is possible that his heavy workload behind the plate down the stretch, necessitated by injuries to other Oakland backstops, affected him as the season went on. After earning an All-Star bid with an exceptional .874 OPS and eight homers in the first half, Norris only managed two homers after the break, with a .659 OPS over his final 188 at-bats. Following a December trade to the Padres, Norris is in line to take on a true starter role next season, though his power numbers may take a hit and it's fair to wonder how he'll hold up to a full year of everyday duty.
After a first-half where Norris hit. 208, Norris salvaged his season with a .333 average and a .400 OBP in 81 at-bats after the All-Star break. Norris had intense struggles against righties, hitting only .149 and going without a home run in 114 at-bats against them, compared to a .320 average and nine home runs against lefties. Norris' .580 slugging percentage against lefties ranked fourth in the American League. These splits will certainly limit Norris' at-bats, but present a nice opportunity for those in deep leagues with daily moves to use Norris at a tough position when the A's face left-handed starters.
Norris was called up in June and took over the majority of the starts at catcher from the struggling Kurt Suzuki before becoming the primary catcher after Suzuki was dealt to the Nationals. Norris showed some pop (20 homers in 334 at-bats in Double-A in 2011) in the minor leagues, but did not hit for power or average in his first stint in the majors. He seemed set to come into camp as the No. 1 catcher for the A's in 2013, but his playing time is now in doubt after Oakland acquired John Jaso. Norris' strength has historically been getting on base rather than hitting for average, which may limit his value in many formats.
An on-base machine, Norris has a career 19 percent walk rate in the minors, but his inability to consistently make contact (23.2 percent career strikeout rate) is a major concern. Power isnít a problem (.209 career ISO), but his receiving skills have been called into question. Traded to Oakland in December, Norris' on-base skills fit the A's traditional Moneyball mold, while he will likely have another season to work on his defense at Double- and Triple-A before taking over for Kurt Suzuki.
The wrist injury Norris suffered at the end of 2009 was bad enough, but there's also no telling how long the concussion he suffered after a May beaning affected him through the summer. All in all it was something of a lost year for a player who is still supposed to be a big part of the Nationals' future, although his batting eye remained stellar even as his power evaporated, and idle musings about him moving to first base if his defense doesn't improve will have to wait until Norris re-establishes that he has a bat that can actually play at another position. His big showing in the Arizona Fall League (1.070 OPS) was an important first step towards putting the shine back on his top prospect status.
Norris solidified his spot as the Nationals' catcher of the future in 2009, showing good pop, great plate discipline and decent receiving skills as a 20-year-old at Low-A. A broken hand kept him out of the AFL this offseason, but he should be fully recovered by the spring and will continue his climb up the ladder. With Jesus Flores in the majors the Nats don't need to rush Norris, but he could be knocking on the door by late 2011.