2006 Ranking: N/A
Cardinal: Selected in the sixth round of the June, 2006 First-Year Player
Draft. Received a $45,000 signing bonus. 2006 G W-L IP H BB K ERA WHIP
Jason Scott (32): Norrick turned down a $150,000 signing bonus as a 17th round draft pick in 2005 and returned for his senior season at SIU. A bout of shoulder inflammation in 2006 kept him out for a month and actually made him decide to retire at season's end. He did change his mind, however, and was drafted by his favorite team in the sixth round, signing for a reported $45,000. Featuring a fastball that has fairly good velocity, especially for a lefty, Norrick's future might be in bullpen. I expect him to start the season at Palm Beach.
Leonda Markee (NR): If you look back at my write-up for Eddie Degerman yesterday, you will see that I said Degerman ‘barely did not make my Top 40, along with Gary Daley (Birdhouse's #35 pick) and another pitcher that will be revealed shortly.' Well, that pitcher would be Tyler Norrick. Norrick is my twenty-fifth best pitching prospect, just below Gary Daley and just above Eddie Degerman. Norrick is comparable to Degerman age-wise in that both turned 23 in September. Norrick also pitched mainly at a higher level than did Degerman which gave him the edge to me. Daley and Norrick's numbers at Quad Cities were pretty close so Norrick got an edge in being left-handed but Daley got the overall edge due to youth. Again, all three could have been in my Top 40.
Ray Mileur (25): Norrick features a live four-seem fastball that is his strongest pitch, and complements the heater with a slider that he throws primarily to lefties and a split-finger fastball that he developed when he converted to a starter at SIU, that he uses to keep righties off-balance.
Norrick was the first pitcher of St. Louis' 2006 draft class to earn a promotion this past season, being promoted to the Swing of Quad Cities in June after starting the season for short-season State College Spikes.
Tyler was 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA through his first two starts at John O'Donnell Stadium, finishing the season with a 2-2 record and one save with a 3.72 ERA for Quad Cities, in 13 games, to include 12 starts. Norrick who can dominate at times will have to be more consistent in ‘07 if he is to move up in the organization and our rankings.
Brian Walton (25): The sixth-rounder fell in the 2006 draft because of questions about his signabililty following his career at Southern Illinois. The now-23-year-old put any concerns to rest as he struck out one batter per inning, posting a 3.63 ERA, mostly at Quad Cities. Norrick sports a lively 88-93 MPH fastball and a good slider.
He was at times dominating, but like many, needs to be more consistent. Still, his numbers demonstrated improvement every month this past season. On the downside, the lefty was hit unusually hard by lefty batters (.298 average) before catching eyes in the Winter Instructional League.
STAFF COMMENTS KEY: Staff Member (Individual Ranking), NR = Not Rated
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