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3 Derek Norris C
Height/Weight: 6-0/210 | Birthdate: 2/14/1989 | Birthplace: Goddard, KS | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: No College | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $492,500 | Owned/Started%: 96/81 | Average Draft Position: 225.18
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Padres catcher Derek Norris gets first start in leadoff spot Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:54 pm ET) Padres catcher Derek Norris moved into the leadoff spot Monday against the Pirates for the first time this season, becoming the ninth San Diego player to hit leadoff in 2015. This is Norris' first career start atop the lineup, but he made four plate appearances over two games in the leadoff spot in 2014.

Norris has been mired in an offensive slump over the last month. Since June 6, he is batting .163 in his last 27 games. However, he does have five home runs in that span.


Padres' Derek Norris suffers shoulder sprain, stays in lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris suffered a sprain of the AC joint in his left shoulder during Friday's game, per U-T San Diego.

Norris will stay in the lineup and off the DL, however. "Doctors say it can't any worse," interim manager Pat Murphy said. 


Padres C Derek Norris blasts two homers in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris hit two home runs during Sunday afternoon's 6-4 loss to the Diamondbacks. 

Norris first went yard in the fourth inning on a two-run shot. He followed that up with a solo homer in the sixth innning. Both homers were hit off of Chase Anderson. 

For Norris, this gives him 11 home runs for the year. Norris now has hit four home runs in his past 10 games. For the season, Norris has a .246/.293/.446 slash line. 


Padres C Derek Norris goes yard for eighth time this year


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris hit a leadoff home run in the top of the sixth inning of Thursday afternoon's 3-1 win over the Athletics. 

For Norris, this was his eighth home run of the season. Norris finished the game 1 for 4. He now has a line of 260/.309/.442 this season. 


Padres go with Derek Norris at 1B, Yonder Alonso at 3B on Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) As it has been for most of the season, Derek Norris and Yonder Alonso have been in the starting lineup when both have been healthy. The trend continued Thursday against the Athletics, however, both players weren't at their normal positions.

Alonso -- who has started a team-high 37 times at first base -- made his second start this season at third base, while Norris -- who has started a team-high 56 times at catcher -- made his first start at first base.

Norris is batting .185 with one double, three home runs and seven RBI in 14 June games, while Alonso is batting .291 with one home run, two doubles and eight RBI in his last 15 games.


Padres C Derek Norris slugs two-run home run in loss on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris had one hit in five at-bats on Friday, but it was a big one. Norris blasted a two-run home run in the seventh inning to give his team a 3-2 lead over the Dodgers. Unfortunately for San Diego, the bullpen was unable to protect the lead and the Dodgers claimed the 4-3 victory.

Norris' home run was his seventh of the season, and third in the month of June. 


Padres C Derek Norris crushes solo home run on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris gave his team some unnecessary insurance in Friday's 6-2 win over the Reds. Norris launched his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot in the seventh inning to give the Padres their sixth and final run of the night. 

Norris, who also walked and scored twice on Friday, has now homered in two of his last three games.


Padres' Derek Norris totals five multihit games in last nine starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris homered and had two hits during a 7-2 win Tuesday against the Mets. He also walked once and struck out twice.

Norris connected for a two-run homer off Noah Syndergaard in the fourth inning to put San Diego ahead 7-1. It was his fifth home run and second in four games.

Norris has five multihit games in his last nine starts. He is batting .316 (12 for 38) with one double, two home runs, nine RBI and six runs in that span.


Padres C Derek Norris gets night off against Mets


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris is getting the night off as he's not in Monday's lineup against the Mets. 

Austin Hedges, batting eighth, is relpacing Norris behind the dish. Second baseman Cory Spangenberg is back in the lineup and hitting second. 

With the Padres facing right-handed pitcher Jacob deGrom, outfielder Will Venable is batting leadoff. 


Padres C Derek Norris blasts walk-off grand slam on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris was the hero on Friday night. With the score tied 2-2, Norris launched a game-winning, walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Rob Scahill to give the Padres a 5-2 win over the Pirates. 

The home run, Norris' fourth of the season, was his only hit of the game. But, of course, it was the only hit in the game that really mattered. 

Norris has now hit safely in five of his last eight contests, as he continues to swing a productive bat in 2015. 


Padres catcher Austin Hedges in the starting lineup on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Padres catcher Austin Hedges is in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Angels, the team announced. Hedges will start behind the plate with Derek Norris taking of designated hitter duties and Jedd Gyorko heading to the bench.

It will be Hedges' first start in the last three games and is hitting .133 with two RBI in 15 at-bats this season. The Padres are currently the underdogs (+150) agianst Los Angeles.


Derek Norris, Alexi Amarista return to lineup for Padres


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris is back in the lineup for Sunday's series-finale against the Dodgers. Norris will bat fifth. 

Norris had a day off on Saturday. Alexi Amarista is also back in the lineup and will play third base. This moves Cory Spangenberg from third to second base. Spangenberg will bat six Amarista will hit eighth. 

Outfielder Will Venable, who hit fifth on Saturday, will bat second Sunday. 


Padres C Derek Norris gets a day off Saturday vs. Dodgers


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris is out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers. Norris had started each of the last five games, collecting just three hits in 18 at-bats over that stretch. 

Rookie Austin Hedges will make just his fourth start of his career, as he will be behind the plate and bat eighth for manager Bud Black. 


Padres' Bud Black: Derek Norris has been 'great'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Padres manager Bud Black prased the work of catcher Derek Norris on offense and defense on Thursday, MLB.com reports.

"He's been great. ... Very good on both sides, throwing out runners," Black said. "He's gotten real big hits for us. He's been doing his part."

Norris, who has thrown out a league-leading 14 would-be base-stealers, has hit .291/.329/.475 with three home runs and 25 RBI in 141 at-bats.

"He gives you a tough at-bat, he grinds it out, he fouls pitches off, he swings enough at the first pitch to make the pitcher leery of the first-pitch strike," Black said. "He gives you what you look for in a tough at-bat."

Norris is batting second for the third straight game on Thursday.


Padres' Derek Norris delivers game-winning hit vs. Cubs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris had a two-RBI double in the eighth inning of Tuesday's game against the Cubs, which broke a 2-all tie and eventually stood as the game-winning hit in a 4-3 victory.

Norris is batting just .254 (15 for 59) with 15 strikeouts in 16 May games. However, he has a .492 slugging percentage, one triple, two home runs, six doubles, seven runs and 14 RBI this month.


Padres C Derek Norris homers and triples, drives in five on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris had himself a ballgame on Friday against the Nationals. Norris went 2 for 5 with a three-run home run, a double and five RBI, as the Padres cruised to a 8-3 victory.

The three-run bomb, Norris' third of the year, came in the first inning to give the Padres the early advantage, one they would never give back. He added his two-run triple the very next inning, both hits coming off starter Doug Fister.

"I put a couple big swings on a couple mistakes," he said, per MLB.com. "After a bit of a tough road trip for me, it was nice to get off to a good start."

Norris raised his batting average to .304, as he continues to have an impressive start with his new ballclub.

"He's had a nice [first] six weeks of the season," manager Bud Black said. "He's got that [power] in him. That was huge for us tonight."


Padres C Austin Hedges makes first MLB start on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Padres top catching prospect Austin Hedges will make his first career start in Wednesday's game against the Padres. Hedges was recalled from Triple-A to make his Major League debut on Monday, and appeared as a pinch hitter that evening. 

Hedges will now make the start for Derek Norris who is getting the day off Wednesday. The two will likely be sharing time with Hedges as the season continues. Manager Bud Black insisted that Hedges will get playing time, and Wednesday seems to be an indication of that fact.


Padres' Black on Derek Norris playing first: 'we're thinking about it'


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) With the Padres' recent call-up of prized catching prospect Austin Hedges, manager Bud Black has offered a potential solution to getting him in the lineup more often, while also playing current catcher Derek Norris. Black said Tuesday that Norris could start taking some groundballs at first base, and might see some time there this season. 

"It would just be against certain left-handed pitchers, we want to keep his bat in the lineup, like for a day game after a night game, or if he's caught consecutive games," Black said, per MLB.com. "Take the load off his feet from catching."

Norris has played just one game at first base during his career, and that was in 2013. But Black expressed confidence that Norris could handle a transition.

"It would be a gradual build-up of reps. We are working through this," Black said. "But he was an amateur third baseman. He has good hands, good feet and a good baseball mind. This will not happen quick, but we're thinking about it."


Black: C Austin Hedges will 'get playing time' for Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Bud Black confirmed Tuesday that newcomer Austin Hedges will receive a significant opporunity to play behind the plate for the Padres.

"I think he makes our roster better," Black told MLB Network Radio. "Derek Norris is our catcher but Austin is going to get playing time."

Norris has certainly not done anything at the plate to warrant a decrease in work. He owns a slash line of .323/.343/.500 with two home runs and 16 RBI. Hedges has been equally impressive in Triple-A with a .343 mark and two homers in 67 at-bats.

Black offered that Norris could be moved on occasion to first base when Hedges catches.


Catcher Derek Norris slams homer in Padres' victory on Sunday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) Catcher Derek Norris produced a two-run home run in the fourth inning Sunday in the Padres' victory over the Rockies.

Norris is hitting .375 (12 for 32) with eight RBI over his last nine games.

The homer was his second of the season.


Padres C Derek Norris collects three hits in Friday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris returned to the lineup Friday and helped lead the Padres to a 14-3 win over the Rockies.

Norris went 3 for 5 in the game, which raised his average to .329. He also drove in three runs, which was a season high. Norris suffered an ankle injury during Tuesday's game, but he did pinch hit in Wednesday's contest.


Padres C Derek Norris set to start Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) An ankle ailment will not keep Padres catcher Derek Norris out of the lineup Friday against Colorado. He is set to bat fifth.

Norris sustained the injury Tuesday, but had one at-bat on Wednesday. He enters with a slash line of .313/.329/.463.


Padres catcher Derek Norris dealing with ankle issue


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) While Padres catcher Derek Norris would've likely taken Wednesday's game off because it was a day game after a night game, the day off also had to do with an ankle injury he suffered in Tuesday's game, reports MLB.com.

"Derek's a little banged up," manager Bud Black said.

Norris took a foul tip off his ankle during Tuesday's game, but he remained in the game. Norris was available to pinch hit Wednesday, but with the Padres also off Thursday, Black said everyone could use the rest.

"It's good for everyone," Black said. "I think that we've played the most games in all of baseball. It's good, because we've played a lot of games here early. It gives the fellas a full day. Off-days at home when you're not traveling are good."


Padres' Derek Norris, Alexi Amarista homer in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) The Padres got a solo home run each from Derek Norris and Alexi Amarista in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Dodgers. 

Amarista hit a solo shot in the third inning and Norris homered in the seventh. It was both Norris and Amarista's first home run of the season. 

Norris finished the game 2 of 3 with two RBI. In the fourth inning, Norris hit an RBI double that scored Matt Kemp. Norris is now hitting .324/.342/.493.

Amarista finished the game 1 of 3 and is hitting .227/.370/.364. 


Padres C Derek Norris collects two more hits vs. Rockies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris enjoyed his third consecutive game with at least two hits, leading his club to a 7-6 victory over Colorado.

Norris doubled in the third, reached base on a throwing error in the fifth and capped his night off with a doubled to deep right center that scored two runs. He finished 2 for 5 with a run scored and two RBI. He is hitting .500 (7 for 14) with four doubles and three RBI over his last three games. Norris is hitting .321 (18 for 56) with nine runs scored, seven RBI and two walks in 15 games.