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A’s call up catching prospect Derek Norris for MLB debut

Jun 21, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

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Derek Norris, the catching prospect acquired from the Nationals as part of the offseason swap for Gio Gonzalez, has been called up by the A’s and is making his big-league debut behind the plate today.

Norris is one of the more interesting prospects in baseball, as he’s been very productive in the minors despite low batting averages thanks to tons of walks and power.

Last year, for instance, he hit just .210 in 104 games at Double-A … but smacked 20 homers and drew 77 walks for a strong .367 on-base percentage and .446 slugging percentage. Norris has clearly altered his approach somewhat this season, cutting back on his walks in the name of making more contact and the result is a .273 batting average with a slightly lower OPS than last year.

His power hasn’t gone anywhere with eight homers and 14 doubles in 55 games at Triple-A, so if Norris can continue to hit above .250 in the majors he has a chance to be one of the more productive catchers in the league. For now he’ll try to stick in Oakland at age 23, although with Kurt Suzuki around it’s tough to see a ton of starts behind the plate available for Norris.

  1. butchhuskey - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I think the A’s have lost patience with Suzuki and are frustrated by his terrible hitting so far this season

  2. jwbiii - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    But can he sell jeans?

  3. beefytrout - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    What is it about dudes with the last name of “Norris” and their ability to grow fantastic beards?

  4. seeinred87 - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    I love me a good three true outcomes guy.

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