Short-Season Dish: Norris Reaches Eight Times In 18-Inning Marathon

Prospect Of The Day

Vermont catcher Derek Norris (Nationals) had a huge game in the Lake Monsters’ 18 inning win over Lowell. (More on the game below.) Norris made nine plate appearances and reached in eight of them, going 3-for-4 with a home run and five walks. The 2007 fourth-rounder out of high school now leads the New York-Penn League in walks (30) and OBP (.456) at just 19 years old.

Prospect Nuggets

After Vermont tied the game at 4-4 with a run in the seventh, the teams played 10 scoreless innings until the Lake Monsters scored the winning run in the bottom of the 18th. After James Keithley and Blake Stouffer (Nationals) walked to start the inning, Norris singled to left, but Luis Sumoza (Red Sox) threw out Keithley at the plate and Stouffer moved to third. The next hitter was Michael Guerrero (Nationals), who hit a walk-off single to left to score Stouffer. The game lasted five hours, 31 minutes. . . The Jason Castro/Phil Disher (Astros) combination is beginning to work very well for Tri-City. Each had a double and combined for four runs and three RBIs as Castro went 3-for-4 and Disher went 2-for-3. . . Steve Susdorf (Phillies) is on fire since joining the NYP League. The College World Series champion went 4-for-4 with his fourth home run, eighth double and three RBIs and is hitting .400/.464/.800 through 16 games. . . Dennis Raben (Mariners) went 2-for-4 with his third home run and despite that cold streak, he still has an OPS of 1.110. . . Centerfielder David Paisano (Rangers) is flourishing in the Northwest League since being demoted from Clinton of the low Class A Midwest League. He went 2-for-5 with a home run, double and stolen base for Spokane on Monday. . . A couple of normally steady pitchers in the Northwest League had poor performances. Righthander Chris Carpenter (Cubs) allowed two runs on two hits in 2 1/3 innings and walked four and righthander Brad McAtee (Rockies) made it through just one inning and got into trouble by walking four. He gave up two runs on one hit. . . Meanwhile Nick Barnese (Rays) and Scott Shaw (Mets), both righthanders, were their normal selves in the NYP League. Barnese threw five shutout innings and struck out five, but Shaw may have been even more impressive. The Brooklyn pitcher allowed one run on two hits, walked one and matched a season high with eight strikeouts. Aside from a bad start against Oneonta on July 18, in which Shaw gave up five earned runs in 2/3 of an inning, Shaw has given up just five runs in 38 1/3 innings on the season.

What To Watch For Today

After throwing a scoreless inning last week in the Arizona League, Cubs first round pick Andrew Cashner will make his debut for Boise tonight. Meanwhile, Brad Holt (Mets) makes a start for Brooklyn in the NYP League.