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The Nationals reassigned catcher Derek Norris to Double A Harrisburg on Thursday afternoon. Norris was 3-for-15 [.200] with four walks and an RBI.
Norris was a long shot to make the Major League team out of Spring Training. Wilson Ramos and Ivan Rodriguez are currently battling to be the Opening Day starter behind the plate. If Ramos wins the job, for example, Rodriguez will be the backup unless general manager Mike Rizzo decides to trade Rodriguez.
If Rodriguez is traded, it most likely means Jesus Flores will be the backup catcher.
Manager Jim Riggleman raved about catcher Derek Norris on Monday morning, calling him one of the most impressive players in camp and comparing him to outfielder Josh Willingham in terms of knowing the strike zone. After all, Norris has an on-base percentage of .414 during his four years in professional baseball.
Not only is Norris an above average hitter, he has made strides behind the plate, according to Riggleman.
“He really looks good at the plate. His catching is coming along,” Riggleman said. “We really think he is going to be a big-league catcher. You like to give respect to the guys who have done it. He kind of gives you that Willingham feeling up there as a hitter. He is kind of built like Willingham, knows the strike zone like Willingham and we think he is going to have similar power like Willingham.”
The Nationals are loaded with quality catchers, which include Ivan Rodriguez, Wilson Ramos, Jesus Flores and Jhonatan Solano. Is there any talk of Norris switching positions? The answer is no.
“Right now, he is a catcher, period” Riggleman said about Norris. “He really got his game together in the [Arizona Fall League]. He was more aggressive in the Fall League and here in Spring Training. We feel like he is going to catch period. The strides he has made with our instructors throughout the system and [assistant general manager] Bob Boone, we are really seeing that he can catch. That’s where it’s at.”
Last season, Norris played for Class A Hagerstown and Potomac and hit a combined .235 with 12 home runs and 49 RBIs, but he had a .419 on-base percentage. He missed time in 2010 because of a wrist injury and concussion suffered after being hit by a pitch.
The Nationals have decided that catcher Sean Rooney will replace catcher Derek Norris in the Arizona Fall League this season.
The switch-hitting Rooney, the eighth-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, hit a combined .275 with six home runs and 46 RBIs for Class A Hagerstown and Potomac this past season.
Norris fractured his left hamate bone while working out in the Instructional League. Norris had surgery performed by Dr. Thomas Graham in Baltimore to remove the fractured hamate bone last week. Norris is expected to resume baseball activities in December.
Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman will have his right shoulder scoped on Thursday. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Wiemi Douoguih at The Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.
Guzman has been hampered by shoulder problems for over a month. Guzman said the shoulder grew worse when he twice threw to home plate against the Dodgers on Sept. 24.
Guzman did not the play shortstop for the rest of the season and was regulated to pinch-hitting duties.
Once he is healthy, Guzman more than likely will be the everyday second baseman. His career as a shortstop with Washington is over. The team feels he doesn’t have enough range to play the position.
In other news, catcher Derek Norris fractured his left hamate bone while working out in the Instructional League. He will have surgery performed by Dr. Thomas Graham in Baltimore to remove the fractured hamate bone Thursday.
He is expected to be able to resume baseball activities in December. Norris was the Nationals’ Minor League Player of the Year this past season.
The Nationals named catcher Derek Norris as their Minor League Player of the Year and right-hander Brad Meyers as their Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Norris, 20, hit .286 with 23 home runs, 84 RBI and 78 runs scored in 126 games with Class-A Hagerstown. He paced full-season Washington farmhands in home runs, walks (90), on-base percentage (.413), slugging percentage (.513) and OPS (.926).
For his efforts, the right-handed hitting slugger was named by the South Atlantic League as its Most Outstanding Major League Prospect. He was recently cited in Baseball America’s annual Best Tools survey voted upon by league managers as the Best Batting Prospect and Best Power Prospect in the SAL. He was selected by Washington in the fourth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
Norris credits manager Matt LeCroy, a former big-;league catcher, for his success this season.
“Our manager made it easy on us,” Norris said. “He was really fun to be around. He taught me a lot about the game and how to handle different things.”
Norris is still a work in progress behind the plate. To get better, Norris will play in the Instructional League in and then hone his skills in the Arizona Fall League.
“I have to learn to stay focused in every single pitch and not take any pitches off,” Norris said. “When you take a pitch off, it makes it look like you are not trying, makes you look lazy.”
Meyers, Washington’s fifth-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, went a combined 11-3 with a 1.72 ERA in 24 games with Double-A Harrisburg and Class-A Potomac. Meyers’ 1.72 ERA led all full-season minor league pitchers. He allowed two earned runs or less 20 of 23 starts this season.
The 24-year-old went 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA and a 3.9/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (43 K/11 BB) in nine starts with Harrisburg. Prior to his July 7 promotion to Harrisburg, Meyers dominated the Carolina League, going 6-2 with a league-best 1.43 ERA in 15 games with Potomac. He was selected as a mid-season Carolina League All-Star.
The Loyola Marymount (CA) University product twice earned MiLB.com Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honors (May 4-10 and June 29-July 5).