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MAYBE...after all is said-and-done, Daniel Norris could end up being the best of the bunch! The update of MLB.COM's 'TOP 100 PROSPECTS' list, released... STROMAN… SANCHEZ… POMPEY…

Daniel Norris
MAYBE…after all is said-and-done, Daniel Norris could end up being the best of the bunch!

The update of MLB.COM’s ‘TOP 100 PROSPECTS‘ list, released a few weeks ago, has the 21 year old, 6 foot 2 lefty making by far the most significant climb of ANY player since the spring release of ‘the list’! MLB.com has him moving from NOT being on the list at all to #29! THAT, is an impressive jump!

His meteoric rise has been attributed, in large part, to his ability to finally harness his dazzling ‘stuff’. Believe it or not, prior to the call-up of both Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez by the Blue Jays, Norris had moved ahead of them both to the #1 positioned, Blue Jays’ prospect, on the MLB.com team listing.

During his appearance in the ‘Futures’ game on the weekend of the All-Star break last month, he pitched one inning and retired all three hitters he faced on a total of eleven pitches including the last by a strikeout.

The Jays’ 2nd round selection (74th overall) in the June 2011 draft was signed for $2,000,000. To date, in ONLY two and a half years of pro ball his combined-totals line reads: a won/lost record of 13 – 12 with a respectable 4.09 ERA, a WHIP of 1.38 with 268 Ks in 235.1 innings.

The BIG breakout occurred this year with the ‘high-class A’ Dunedin Blue Jays where his record was 6 – 0 in 13 starts, covering 66.1 innings, with 76 Ks and an outstanding 2.44 ERA and an even BETTER 1.03 WHIP, which predicated his promotion, mid-season, to ‘AA’ ball!

In eight (8) starts with the Jays’ ‘AA’ affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, after being called up, Norris had a 3 – 1 record, an ERA of 4.54, WHIP of 1.37 but 49 Ks in only 35.2 innings!

YESTERDAY he was promoted to the ‘AAA’ Buffalo Bisons!

We ALL know where his NEXT stop will be, the only question to be answered is…when?

“PLAY BALL!”
CHEERS!
Tosh

Tosh McIntosh

Tosh McIntosh

A happily married (42 years) husband and proud father of two great sons and buddies. I played organized ball through seven decades and have coached at multiple levels from Atom and Little League to Toronto, OBA 'AAA' Juvenile. I've played and participated in more sports than I can list since I was six or seven. An 'original' Expos AND Blue Jays fan I'd love to see MLB back in Montreal. In part through my own company and projects I have written various sports articles over twenty-plus years notably on hockey and have a long standing relationship with the Hockey Hall of Fame.

STANDINGS/RESULTS

 Team W L % GB STRK
BOSTON 93 69 .574 - 5-5
NEW YORK 91 71 .562 2.0 6-4
TAMPA BAY 80 82 .494 13.0 6-4
TORONTO 76 86 .469 17.0 5-5
BALTIMORE 75 87 .463 18.0 2-8

This game was played on 2017-10-01.
 Home Away Game Record
1 2 162 76-86
FINAL - Streak: 1 wins
W: Barnes, L: German, SV: Osuna
Time: 2:28 - Attendance: 37,428
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