2008 Cards AFL Interviews: Tyler Norrick

The eighth of our nine exclusive Cardinals interviews from the Arizona Fall League is with Peoria Saguaros left-handed pitcher Tyler Norrick. The area product discusses his injury-limited 2008 season as well as his hopes for the future.

At first blush, it seems like St. Louis Cardinals left-handed starting pitcher Tyler Norrick has made little career progress in the last year. At mid-season 2007, the now-25-year-old was the winning pitcher in the Florida State League for Palm Beach and after spending the entire season there, seemed ready for the next step.

Yet, due to the aftereffects of a bout with tendonitis caused by a nerve problem this spring, Norrick was unable to make his competitive debut until late June. Instead of being a member of the Double-A Springfield rotation, he was back with Palm Beach. Norrick did receive one spot start with Memphis as an injury fill-in and performed well in that four-inning stint.

Add to that a July shoulder strain in his rotator cuff and Norrick was able to make only six regular-season starts in 2008. During that time, he held left-handed hitters to an excellent .083 batting average, but righties managed a robust .322 mark, perhaps signaling his future role.

As such, he was an ideal candidate to get some work in this fall in the Arizona Fall League. With Adam Ottavino taking the starter's spot for the Cardinals, Norrick was shifted to relief, at least for now.

In the AFL, Norrick hasn't yet rediscovered his sharpness. He's yielded five earned runs in his last three innings and 14 in his 15 total innings for an inflated ERA of 8.40. He has fanned 19 but walked eight and served up five long balls to the opposition.

In this exclusive audio interview, our 26th-ranked Cardinals prospect coming into the season discusses his life-long admiration for the Cardinals, returning from injury, his AFL goal, his target for 2009 and much more.


Final interview in this series coming soon: Brett Wallace.

Previous AFL interviews:
Manager Ron "Pop" Warner
RHSP Adam Ottavino
LHRP Brad Furnish
LHRP Justin Fiske
OF Shane Robinson
IF Tyler Greene
C Steven Hill

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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