2008 Cardinals Prospect #26 – Tyler Norrick

Will the 24-year-old left-hander master his control and step up to Double-A competition in 2008?

Scout.com Player Profile (including links to 2007 and career stats)

2007 Ranking: 31

Position: SP

DOB: 9/27/1983

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 190

Bats: L

Throws: L

School: Southern Illinois

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the sixth round (196th overall) of the June, 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

2007 stats

Tm

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

IP

H

R

HR

BB

SO

GO/AO

AVG

PB

11

9

3.59

28

28

0

165.1

134

69

11

73

134

0.84

0.221

Staff Comments (individual rankings in parens)

Leonda Markee (27): This is about where I ranked Norrick for 2007. Norrick was The Birdhouse's 31st-ranked prospect in 2006 and put together a fairly solid season in 2007. He allowed just 134 hits in 165.1 innings pitched for a .221 batting average against (.267 BABIP).

Like many others in the system, Norrick struggled with his control, walking an average of just under four batters every nine innings. That lack of control brought both his dERA and FIP up to 3.90. He also turned 24 in September 2007 which makes him a bit old for the level at which he competed. However, Norrick is a lefty so will be given every opportunity to succeed.

Dustin Mattison (24): The former Southern Illinois Saluki is one of the more overlooked pitchers in the Cardinals' system. Pitching for Palm Beach in 2007, Norrick finished near the top of most statistical categories among Cardinals minor league pitchers. The 2006 sixth round pick works in the low nineties with an above average slider. Norrick struggled with command in 2007, allowing 73 walks in 165 innings.

The test will be how Norrick adjusts to Double-A as he was kind of old for the Florida State League at the age of 24. At worst, Norrick should be an effective specialist out of the bullpen, as lefties hit only .205 to go along with a 2.47 ERA.

Ray Mileur (31): The former Southern Illinois University-Carbondale star and staff ace, in his second pro season, put together an impressive 2007, going 11-9 with a 3.59 ERA in 28 starts for the Palm Beach Cardinals.

A talented left-hander who can pitch effectively in any role, he pitched his first two complete games and tossed a shutout to add to his resume. He's projected by some scouts and managers as a big league reliever; being a lefty should help his chances.

Brian Walton (34): Especially considering his competition, I am comfortable placing Norrick on this list. Yet, my relatively low ranking clearly indicates my support is not at a level of strength comparable to the other voters.

To illustrate, it is worth noting that across the entire Cardinals system during 2007, only P.J. Walters struck out more batters. On the other side of the coin, struggling Blake King was the only member of the organization to issue a greater number of free passes.

While it is a time-honored cliché in baseball, perhaps Norrick will in fact become that prototypical late-blooming lefty. After only one full and one partial professional season, it is too early to get down on Norrick, though success in Double-A would go a long way toward polishing his apple.

Key: NR = not ranked, NA = not applicable

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