• Full name David Stefan Norris
  • Born 03/02/1985 in Greenbrae, CA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 215 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Debut 07/29/2009
  • Drafted in the 6th round (189th overall) by the Houston Astros in 2006 (signed for $140,000).
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    Cal Poly entered the season ranked in Baseball America's Top 25, and righthander Gary Daley had the spotlight on him after leading the Alaska League with 51 strikeouts in 53 innings last summer. Norris also got attention after ranking as the No. 3 prospect in the West Coast Collegiate League. The Mustangs weren't able to handle the spotlight, though. The hard-throwing Daley stumbled badly, as did the veteran-laden team. Norris and third baseman Josh Lansford (son of Carney) were the two players whose draft stock had improved, as Norris took over for Daley as the Friday starter and kept the team competitive. Norris profiles as a reliever because he has power stuff and a sturdy (if short) frame. His fastball sits in the 90-93 mph range, can reach a bit higher at times and has good life. Norris also throws a hard slider that can be average at times. He lacks a feel for changing speeds and his changeup remains too firm. While his control improved considerably this season, it's still fringy. Scouts like Norris' competitiveness and bulldog approach, which also suit him for a relief role.

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  • Rated Best Pitching Prospect in the Pacific Coast League in 2009
  • Rated Best Breaking Pitch in the Pacific Coast League in 2009
  • Rated Best Fastball in the Houston Astros in 2009
  • Rated Best Curveball in the Houston Astros in 2008

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