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32 Daniel Norris SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/195 | Birthdate: 4/25/1993 | Birthplace: Johnson City, TN | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Toronto | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 40/7 | Average Draft Position: 209.54
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Report: D-Backs wanted Blue Jays' Norris in trade for Wade Miley


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:08 am ET) Before the Red Sox ended up acquiring starting pitcher Wade Miley in the offseason, one other team thought the left-hander might be a good fit for the AL East, according to WEEI.com. The Blue Jays also had siginificant interest in trading for Miley, a major-league source said.

However, the Blue Jays opted not to make the deal when the Diamondbacks asked for starting pitcher Daniel Norris -- who is considered the team's top prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com -- in return.

The Diamondbacks traded Miley to the Red Sox on Dec. 12 for Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and Raymel Flores. Miley is 1-3 with a 7.15 ERA in his first five starts with Boston.


Blue Jays option SP Daniel Norris after five starts


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Prospect Daniel Norris has been optioned by the Blue Jays to make room in the roster for fellow pitcher Andrew Albers, per Sportsnet.

The 22-year-old Norris has struggled with his control in posting mediocre numbers. He pitched through six innings just once in five starts, though his 3.86 ERA is respectable. Norris has 12 walks in 23 1/3 innings.

Veteran Marco Estrada is set to start for Toronto in place of Norris.


Blue Jays' Daniel Norris allows no runs in three innings Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris didn't surrender any earned runs but lasted just three innings in a no-decision Thursday, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out one in his team's 5-1 win over the Indians.

Norris was able to battle out of trouble in each of his three innings of work, leaving a total of six guys on base and five in scoring position. However, he wasn't sent back out for the fourth inning having already accumulated 78 pitches.

"It was a big win," manager John Gibbons said after the game, per the Associated Press. "Danny really struggled throwing strikes, but he survived it without giving up any runs. The second time through the lineup we made a nice adjustment off (T.J.) House."

Norris owns a 3.86 ERA and 18:12 K:BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Yankees Tuesday.


Blue Jays SP Daniel Norris allows one run in seven IP in no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) Blue Jays starter Daniel Norris yielded one run on five hits and struck out seven in seven innings on Saturday but ended up with a no-decision against the Rays. 

Norris' only hiccup was a first-inning RBI double from Evan Longoria. 

"It was weird, something just clicked after the second inning, kind of felt back to normal," said Norris to MLB.com. "I think it was just trying to see how my arm was going to feel, and I was trying to, again, overcompensate with my body.

"Then coming out for the third, I just forced myself to stay back and almost kind of forced my arm to speed up back to normal, and sure enough it did. That was big for me."

Norris' next start is scheduled for Thursday in Cleveland.


Tests reveal Blue Jays' Daniel Norris (arm) is fine


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris underwent tests after saying he has been dealing with a dead-arm phase, and the tests have revealed that he's fine, Sportsnet reports.

Norris said after his latest start that he thought he was at the "tail end" of the dead-arm phase. He takes a 6.08 ERA and 10:7 K:BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings into Saturday's matchup with the Rays.


Blue Jays' Daniel Norris says he is at 'tail end' of 'dead-arm phase'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Blue Jays rookie starting pitcher Daniel Norris threw just five first-pitch strikes during his shortest outing (2 2/3 innings) Sunday against the Braves. He also went 2-0 and 3-1 in the count four times each. 

Norris threw just 66 pitches and only 50 percent were strikes. After the game, he said he was going through a "dead-arm phase."

“Dead arm is something where you feel 100 percent fine; it’s just that it doesn’t come out like it usually does,” he said, per the National Post. “And even if I throw one that says 93 or 94, it just doesn’t have the same life on it, and I can’t really command it the way that I’m used to. This happens to everybody. It’s happened numerous times in my life. It’s just a matter of getting through it.”

Norris, who is scheduled to make his next start Saturday at Tampa Bay, feels his dead-arm issue might not linger much longer.

“I should be at the tail end of it. Hoping so,” he said.


Blue Jays' Daniel Norris chased in third inning vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris took the loss Sunday, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks in just 2 2/3 innings while striking out one in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Braves.

Norris (1-1) loaded the bases in the first inning before surrendering a three-run double. He then saw two more runs score in the third inning, though one came around due to a throwing error, before being removed from the game.

“I’m going through a little bit of a dead-arm phase," Norris said after the game, per TSN.

The lefty owns a 6.08 ERA and 10:7 K:BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings heading into a matchup with the Rays next weekend.


Daniel Norris pitches five innings in no decision for Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Blue Jays starter Daniel Norris earned a no decision in the team's loss to Tampa Bay.

Norris pitched five innings and allowed two runs on two hits, while walking three. Norris struck out four and allowed a home run. He threw 90 pitches, 54 for strikes. 

Norris next pitches on Sunday against the Braves and Shelby Miller.


Blue Jays P Daniel Norris earns win in his first start of season


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris came away from Thursday's game with a win, as the team beat the Yankees 6-3.

Norris went 5 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and three runs with five strikeouts and two walks. He finished the outing with an ERA of 4.76. 

''The main focus is baseball. Winning ballgames, like tonight,'' Norris said. ''So if I can keep going out there performing like I did tonight, hopefully I'll put that stuff behind me.''

Norris will look to earn another victory as the team faces the Rays on Tuesday.


Blue Jays set pitching rotation for first series of season


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Blue Jays set their starting rotation for the first three games of the season, against the Yankees. 

RHP Drew Hutchison will start Monday's opener. After an off day on Tuesday, RHP R.A. Dickey will start Wednesday and LHP Daniel Norris, Thursday. 


Hutchison, Dickey, Norris will headline Blue Jays rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Blue Jays finalized their rotation order to start the season, according to MLB.com. John Gibbons will roll with Drew Hutchison on Opening Day against the Yankees on Monday, followed by R.A. Dickey on Wednesday and Daniel Norris on Thursday. Mark Buehrle and Aaron Sanchez will take the mound Friday and Saturday at Baltimore, respectively. 

Blue Jays SP prospect Daniel Norris earns spot in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced Tuesday starting pitcher Daniel Norris will be part of the team's Opening Day rotation.

The left-handed hurler is 3-0 with a 3.28 ERA through six spring starts. He also has 29 strikeouts to five walks in 24 2/3 innings.

The 2011 second-round pick is considered the 18th-best prospect by Baseball America. MLB.com has him ranked 17th-best overall.

Norris went 12-2 with a 2.53 ERA in 26 outings (25 starts) between Class A, Double-A and Triple-A in 2014. He has a 4.02 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over three minor-league seasons.


Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris posts eight strikeouts Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris recorded eight strikeouts over six innings of work Monday against the Astros. Norris allowed four runs on five hits in the outing.

"I'm actually glad that happened tonight, just being able to bounce back and make the adjustment in-game," Norris said to MLB.com. "It was a good finish. It was one of those nights where 90 percent of the mistakes I made got hit. That's baseball, I guess."

Norris has posted a 3.28 ERA in 24 2/3 innings of work with a team-leading 29 strikeouts in spring training.


Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle said he'll make first start April 10


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/29/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle said he will make his first start of the season April 10 in Baltimore, reports MLB.com.

The Blue Jays have not yet officially announced their rotation but it is expected they'll go in the order of: Drew Hutchison, R.A. Dickey, Daniel Norris, Buehrle and Aaron Sanchez.

"Doesn't matter to me," Buehrle said when asked if he had a preference. "I'm going to get 33 starts in by the end of the year, so it doesn't matter."

The left hander has started three games this spring, posing a 2.45 ERA in 9 2/3 innings.

Blue Jays' Daniel Norris strikes out seven in six innings Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher Daniel Norris strengthened his case for a spot in the team's rotation with another strong outing during Thursday's 5-2 win against the Orioles. Norris (2-0) allowed one run on three hits and no walks, while striking out seven in six innings.

Norris lowered his spring ERA to 2.41 in five starts. He has 21 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings.

The left-hander debuted a new changeup Wednesday, per MLB.com. He has been working with pitching coach Pete Walker on a new twist to an pitch that has been in his repertoire.

"My whole career, I've thrown a cut change and it's played really well," Norris said. "But we sat down and talked this week and they were like, 'There's nothing wrong with it. It's just that you've got to have something that kind of goes the other way.'

"So we kind of messed around with something. They said, 'It's up to you if you want to try it.' I was like, 'Yeah. If it's going to make me better, I'll do it, sure.' And it worked today."

Norris said he will continue to throw both changeups, but the new version will be used more against right-handed batters. Norris struck out Adam Jones twice Wednesday with his new changeup.

"You really don't want that one cutting into those righties," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of using a different changeup. "That can be dangerous. If you get it to fade away like it did today, that's huge."


Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez could fill in for Marcus Stroman in rotation


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez may be the next man up for Toronto in the wake of Marcus Stroman's injury. He, Marco Estrada and Daniel Norris will compete for the rest of spring for the final two spots on the staff, reports MLB.com.

"Our plan for Sanchez was always the same," general manager Alex Anthopoulos insisted Tuesday afternoon. "I think it certainly gives him a better opportunity to start but we still have Estrada being stretched out, still have Norris being stretched out, still have the remainder of camp.

"I think we still continue down that path, but there's no doubt about it, there's another opportunity there with Stroman being down."


Blue Jays' Daniel Norris performs well in first start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris tossed a strong start in his first spring appearance on Thursday.

Norris is competing for the fifth spot in the team's rotation, and got off to a nice start. Norris allowed one hit and one walk over 1 2/3 innings. He struck out two during the outing. 

Norris said he was glad to be taking on a strong lineup his first time out, according to the Toronto Sun. "I liked the fact I was facing a good lineup. You have to bring your 'A' game" Norris said. While it wasn't a perfect outing, Norris was pleased with his stuff.

"I struggled a little with it (staying closed) in the first, but was much better in the second inning," said Norris. "Years back in spring training, I can remember my stuff not doing much."

The 21-year-old posted a 5.40 ERA over 6 2/3 innings in the majors last year. 


Blue Jays view Daniel Norris as a starter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Blue Jays view pitcher Daniel Norris as a starter, according to Sportsnet.

Norris will be stretched out during the spring, but will compete with both Aaron Sanchez and Marco Estrada for the fifth spot in the team's rotation. If Norris happens to lose out on that spot, it's more likely the team sends him to the minors to continue starting.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos wouldn't rule out Norris starting the year as a reliever, but admitted starting was the bigger priority. "In a perfect scenario if he didn’t make the team as a starter he’d be in the minors being stretched out," Anthopoulos said. "We wouldn’t rule it out if he’s throwing the ball that well and Sanchez or Estrada are throwing the ball that well that he could start in the bullpen as well."

The 21-year-old Norris posted a 5.40 ERA in five games with the club last year. 


Blue Jays' Daniel Norris undergoes elbow surgery Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left elbow, according to MLB.com. He is expected to need six weeks of recovery time, but Norris should be ready for the start of spring training.

Daniel Norris lasts 3 1/3 innings in first career start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris made his first career start on Thursday against the Mariners, and lasted only 3 1/3 innings in a no-decision. He allowed two runs on one hits and two walks while striking out one in a 7-5 defeat.

Norris owns a 5.40 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP over 6 2/3 innings of work.


Blue Jays set rotation plans, send Marcus Stroman to bullpen


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) The Blue Jays have named Daniel Norris the starter for Thursday's game against the Orioles, with Marcus Stroman being sent to the bullpen upon his return from suspension, MLB.com reports.

Blue Jays planning for bullpen day on Thursday


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/23/2014) With Marcus Stroman serving a five-game suspension and unable to take his usual turn in the Blue Jays' rotation, manager John Gibbons told the Toronto Sun he plans to use a committee of relievers to replace the 23-year-old rookie.

Gibbons has not yet determined who will start Thursday's game against the Mariners, but Todd Redmond, Daniel Norris and Sean Nolin are all candidates to appear in some role. 


Blue Jays add nine to expanded roster


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) The Blue Jays added nine players to the active roster Tuesday as a result of the expanded rosters, the team announced.

The team reinstated pitcher Brandon Morrow and infielder Dan Johnson from the disabled list Tuesday, while adding seven other players from the minors. They are: Ryan Goins, Anthony Gose, Kendall Graveman, Sean Nolin, Daniel Norris, Dalton Pompey and George Kottaras .


Daniel Norris gets the call Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Blue Jays have promoted pitching prospect Daniel Norris from Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. Norris went 12-2 with a 2.53 ERA over 124 2/3 innings of work. It remains to be seen if he'll be used exclusively out of the bullpen.

Blue Jays could add Daniel Norris to bullpen


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Blue Jays pitching prospect Daniel Norris could begin pitching in the bullpen at Triple-A Buffalo by the end of August, general manager Alex Anthopolous told BluebirdBanter.com.

Morris, who recently made his Triple-A debut earlier in the week with a 10-strikeot performance, could make it to the majors in time for the September roster expansion. Norris has appeared in just two games as a reliever, all the way back in his first professional season in 2012, but could be added to the bullpen to provide a spark for the season's final month.

A former top-100 prospect, Norris has been dominant between three minor-league stops this season, posting a 2.25 ERA with 135 strikeouts in 108 innings of work.