Derek Norris, Catcher, Tampa Bay Rays
Date of Birth: 2/14/1989
Birthplace: Goddard, Kansas
Derek Norris, catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, was first drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2007. After five years in the Nationals' minor league system, they traded him to the Oakland Athletics in December, 2011.
Norris spent most of the 2012 season in the minor leagues, playing in just 60 games with the Athletics that year. In 2013, he batted .246 with 65 hits in 98 games. He finished the 2014 season with 104 hits, 19 doubles, 55 RBIs, and a .270 batting average in 127 games.
Norris was traded to the San Diego Padres on December 18, 2014. He finished the 2015 season with 129 hits, 33 doubles, 62 RBIs, and a .250 batting average in 147 games. As a catcher, he made 79 assists, 970 putouts, and 7 errors in 128 games. He caught players trying to steal 34.4% of the time and he had a .993 fielding percentage.
In 2016, Norris batted .186 with 77 hits, 14 home runs, and 42 RBIs in 125 games. Defensively, as the Padres' catcher in 116 games, he made 58 assists, 875 putouts, and 9 errors. He had a .990 fielding percentage and he caught players trying to steal 20.8% of the time.
Norris returned to the Nationals in a trade on December 2, 2016. He was released on March 15, 2017. He signed a minor league contract with the Rays eleven days later.
Career batting statistics for Norris through 2016 include:
- 557 games played
- 417 hits
- 93 doubles
- 223 RBIs
- 493 strikeouts to 183 walks
- .233 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Norris as a catcher through 2016 include:
- 507 games played
- 229 assists
- 3,590 putouts
- 30 errors
- .992 fielding percentage