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Derek Norris | Catcher | #3

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 4 (0) / WAS
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Derek Norris finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Rockies on Monday.
Norris is hitting .145 with 25 strikeouts and just four walks through 83 at-bats. He should rebound and serve as a decent option in two-catcher mixed leagues, but it's been ugly so far. May 3 - 1:18 AM

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Derek Norris is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting some rest. Christian Bethancourt will catch.
Apr 24 - 1:47 PM

Derek Norris will get a day off Wednesday.

Christian Bethancourt is starting at catcher and hitting sixth versus Phillies right-hander Jared Eickhoff. Norris is batting just .148/.207/.222 in seven games.
Apr 13 - 3:29 PM

Derek Norris ripped a solo home run and also drew a walk on Monday against the Royals.

The dinger came off of shutdown reliever Wade Davis. Norris has certainly done nothing this spring to hurt his trade appeal, hitting .333 with three homers and 11 RBI. He's currently on top of the Padres' depth chart at catcher but could wind up on another team before Opening Day.
Mar 28 - 6:58 PM

Derek Norris went 2-for-4 with four RBI in Tuesday's 17-5 Cactus League rout of the Rangers.

Norris clubbed a two-run homer off Rangers starter Colby Lewis in the bottom of the first inning before adding a two-run double (again off Lewis) in the bottom of the third. There's been talk of the Rangers possibly trading for Norris, and they sure got an enticing first-hand look at the 27-year-old catcher on Tuesday in Arizona. As of now, Norris projects to open as the Padres' primary starter behind the plate.
Mar 22 - 8:17 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers "are surveying the market for a possible catching addition" and Derek Norris looks to be at the top of their list.

Grant notes that the Rangers "have maintained interest" in Jonathan Lucroy all winter, but Norris appears to be "the more likely target." Norris would cost less in prospects than Lucroy and is also cheaper and under team control longer. Grant adds that the Rangers "are happy with Robinson Chirinos behind the plate," but their depth at catcher is lacking. It appears that the Rangers' plan, should they acquire Norris, would be to have him share time behind the dish with Chirinos.
Mar 15 - 7:46 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Derek Norris is the subject of "continued chatter" in trade talks.

Rosenthal notes that the Padres "seemingly would prefer" to go with Austin Hedges and Christian Bethancourt as their catching duo, although he sees a trade of Norris prior to spring training as unlikely. Norris batted .250/.305/.404 line with 14 homers and 62 RBI last season and is starting to get more expensive through arbitration.
Feb 12 - 4:18 PM

MLB.com's Corey Brock said "barring a deal in the next three weeks," Derek Norris, Austin Hedges and Christian Bethancourt will be competing for two roster spots.

The Padres are only expected to keep two catchers, which means either Bethancourt or Hedges will be left off the Opening Day roster. Norris is the best hitter of the group but won't see as much playing time this year now that Wil Myers has been installed as the full-time first baseman. Hedges has excelled defensively but hasn't shown he can hit at the big-league level yet. Bethancourt was acquired from Atlanta at last month's Winter Meetings. He hit .200 in 155 at-bats for the Braves in 2015.
Source: padres.com
Jan 28 - 2:41 PM

Padres and C Derek Norris avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.925 million contract.

Norris had his ups and downs in 2015, finishing with a .250/.305/.404 line with 14 homers and 62 RBI. Austin Hedges' presence behind the plate and Wil Myers' expected transition to first base could cut into Norris's playing time moving forward.
Jan 14 - 9:12 PM

Derek Norris (hand) struggled in his return to the Padres starting lineup on Friday, going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in a loss to the Rockies.

Norris had been sidelined since Monday when he was hit in the right hand by a foul tip. The hard-hitting backstop is now hitting .243/.291/.395 with 13 homers and 58 RBI in his first season with the Padres.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 08:07:00 AM

Derek Norris (hand) is available to pinch-hit Wednesday.

Norris hasn't played since leaving Monday's game after being hit in the right hand with a foul tip. Norris is hitting .244/.291/.398 in 132 games this year.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 08:01:00 PM

Derek Norris had to leave Monday's game against the Diamondbacks after being hit in the right hand with a foul tip.

They'll likely send Norris for X-rays before more is known. The Padres could have more on the catcher's status after the game.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Derek Norris (shoulder, elbow) went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in his return to the lineup Thursday.

Norris missed a game with a hyperextended left shoulder and elbow, but clearly it's not affecting him at the plate. He should be fine moving forward.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 08:39:00 AM

Derek Norris suffered a hyperextended left shoulder and elbow on Tuesday.

The injury occurred when Adrian Beltre slid into his arm on a play at the plate. "They'll see how it feels tomorrow when I wake up," Norris said Tuesday. "Sometimes these things can bounce back quick, sometimes they linger. ... Hopefully we'll be OK to go tomorrow. We'll see."
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 09:12:00 AM

Derek Norris went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

Norris is now hit-less in his last seven at-bats, with four strikeouts in that space. While he's set a career high with 13 home runs this season, and will have a career-high RBI number by season's end (he drove in 55 a year ago and currently sits at 54), his overall batting line is just .243/.286/.407.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 10:14:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Christian Bethancourt
1B1Wil Myers
2Brett Wallace
2B1Cory Spangenberg
2Jemile Weeks
SS1Alexei Ramirez
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Adam Rosales
3Alexi Amarista
LF1Melvin Upton
2Jabari Blash
CF1Jon Jay
2Travis Jankowski
RF1Matt Kemp
2Alex Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Tyson Ross
2James Shields
3Andrew Cashner
4Drew Pomeranz
5Colin Rea
6Cesar Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Kevin Quackenbush
3Brandon Maurer
4Matt Thornton
5Jon Edwards
6Carlos Villanueva
7Ryan Buchter
8Luis Perdomo
9Buddy Baumann
10Robbie Erlin
11Brad Hand