That fucking thing froze Ortiz and dropped in for a strike. Gold.
I’m in a car on the 401 right now (not driving, obviously), and so this is the best I can do as far as visual evidence of the filthy fucking fucking filth Dan Norris used to strike out David Ortiz to end a tense at-bat, and a seventh inning threat.
On the other hand, it’s kind of amazing that I can even do this at all.
On the other other hand, holy shit, that was awesome and terrifying, as Norris was at one point down 3-1, after missing badly three straight times following a first-pitch curve he dropped in for a strike. Ortiz fouled a 3-1 fastball straight back for strike two, and then it was time for a trip to filth town. Nails!
Check out the GIF via @dshemie8!
Five and two-thirds innings. One run. Three hits. Three walks. Ten strikeouts.
Eighty-nine pitches. Sixty for strikes.
A 1.22 ERA and 1.84 FIP at High-A before moving up a level to New Hampshire — and theoretically a step away from the big leagues.
A 15.1 K/9 rate in his first two starts at Double-A.
A 2011 second-rounder who spent most of his first year-and-a-half as a pro in the wilderness with command issues, walking 18 batters in 42.2 innings in 2012, and 28 batters in 45 innings in the first half of 2013. But as the performances — like last night’s gem for the Fisher Cats — more and more consistently start to come in line with the talent and the pre-draft hype, fans are truly starting to take notice of Dan Norris.
It’s been a long strange trip as a pro for Norris — fitting for a guy who spends so much time in a 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia camper van — and things are probably about to start getting even more strange. For one thing, along with fellow Jays prospect Dalton Pompey, yesterday he was named to the roster for the All-Star Futures Game, and both got an impressive nod from Keith Law as two of five potential breakout names he gave in his piece on those selected.
The game will also serve as a coming-out party for several breakout prospects, including the Toronto Blue Jays’ two representatives, lefty Daniel Norris, now up to 96 mph and throwing strikes, and center fielder Dalton Pompey, a potential leadoff-hitter and talented athlete, although Vinnie Vesuvius just owns him.
Norris is no stranger to glowing press clippings, it’s just… it’s been a while. But with what’s been a smooth transition to Double-A so far, we’ve started to remember things.
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