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James Norwood
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 2" 215LBS | Age: 26

Draft: 2014 | Rd: 7, #199, Chicago Cubs | Saint Louis University
MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 0 0 16.20 3 0 0 1.2 0 3.00
3 Seasons 0 2 4.50 23 0 0 22.0 21 1.86
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 3 0-0 16.20 1.2 0 3.00
3 Seasons 23 0-2 4.50 22.0 21 1.86

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2018 CHC NL 54 0 1 4.09 11 0 0 11.0 14 7 5 0 5 10 1.73
2019 CHC NL 44 0 1 2.89 9 0 0 9.1 9 4 3 1 8 11 1.82
2020 CHC NL 9 0 0 16.20 3 0 0 1.2 4 3 3 0 1 0 3.00
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

2020

Norwood had one of the best fastballs among college starters in the 2014 Draft and rode it to becoming the highest pick in Saint Louis history to that point, going in the seventh round to the Cubs. He moved quickly once becoming a full-time reliever in 2016, advancing from low Class A to Chicago in 2 1/2 seasons. The first Billiken in four decades to reach the Majors, he hasn't shown the reliable control and command to cement a role there.

After topping out at 98 mph as a starter, Norwood now sits at 96-98 and reaches 100 with running action on his four-seam fastball. He's all about power, backing up his heater with a mid-80s slider and an upper-80s splitter that range from fringy to solid. His slider has been his most effective offering during his brief big league experience, while he has struggled to command his splitter at the game's highest level.

Norwood's delivery features effort that makes it difficult to harness his pitches. His walk rate (5.2 per nine innings) last season was his worst since his sophomore year at Saint Louis. If he can develop more consistency with his secondary pitches and control, he could become a seventh-inning reliever.



Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2018 227 39 3 7.7 89.6 17.8 35.9 .256 .389 .312 .309 .339 30.8 18.5 9.3 4.09 3.76
2019 206 25 1 4.0 90 15.5 24.0 .222 .407 .351 .344 .388 40.0 25.0 18.2 2.89 5.02
2020 32 8 1 12.5 91.1 15.1 50.0 .420 .686 .502 .493 .468 50.0 0.0 11.1 16.20 11.86
ALL 465 72 5 6.9 89.9 16.7 33.3 .257 .422 .344 .339 .370 36.1 19.6 13.1
MLB 41007 6.3 88.2 11.9 32.7 .252 .417 .317 .330 .390 34.7 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
08/02/2020 Chicago Cubs placed RHP James Norwood on the 10-day injured list retroactive to July 30, 2020. Right shoulder inflammation.
07/23/2020 Chicago Cubs recalled RHP James Norwood from Cubs Alternate Training Site.
03/11/2020 Chicago Cubs optioned RHP James Norwood to Iowa Cubs.
09/09/2019 Chicago Cubs recalled James Norwood from Iowa Cubs.
08/30/2019 Chicago Cubs optioned RHP James Norwood to Iowa Cubs.
08/27/2019 Chicago Cubs recalled James Norwood from Iowa Cubs.
08/16/2019 Chicago Cubs optioned RHP James Norwood to Iowa Cubs.
08/15/2019 Chicago Cubs recalled James Norwood from Iowa Cubs.
05/25/2019 Chicago Cubs optioned RHP James Norwood to Iowa Cubs.
05/24/2019 Chicago Cubs recalled James Norwood from Iowa Cubs.
03/15/2019 Chicago Cubs optioned RHP James Norwood to Iowa Cubs.
09/01/2018 Chicago Cubs recalled RHP James Norwood from Iowa Cubs.
08/30/2018 RHP James Norwood returned to Iowa Cubs from Chicago Cubs.
08/29/2018 Chicago Cubs recalled James Norwood from Iowa Cubs.
07/21/2018 Chicago Cubs optioned RHP James Norwood to Iowa Cubs.
07/19/2018 Chicago Cubs recalled RHP James Norwood from Iowa Cubs.
07/18/2018 Chicago Cubs optioned James Norwood to Iowa Cubs.
07/08/2018 Chicago Cubs selected the contract of James Norwood from Iowa Cubs.
06/25/2018 RHP James Norwood assigned to Iowa Cubs from Tennessee Smokies.
02/23/2018 RHP James Norwood assigned to Chicago Cubs.
07/27/2017 RHP James Norwood assigned to Tennessee Smokies from Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
06/12/2017 Myrtle Beach Pelicans activated RHP James Norwood from the 7-day disabled list.
05/12/2017 Myrtle Beach Pelicans placed RHP James Norwood on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 10, 2017.
08/18/2016 Myrtle Beach Pelicans activated RHP James Norwood from the 7-day disabled list.
08/05/2016 Myrtle Beach Pelicans placed RHP James Norwood on the 7-day disabled list.
07/27/2016 RHP James Norwood assigned to Myrtle Beach Pelicans from South Bend Cubs.
07/16/2016 South Bend Cubs activated RHP James Norwood from the temporarily inactive list.
07/09/2016 South Bend Cubs placed RHP James Norwood on the temporarily inactive list.
07/07/2016 South Bend Cubs activated RHP James Norwood from the 7-day disabled list.
06/13/2016 South Bend Cubs placed RHP James Norwood on the 7-day disabled list.
07/24/2015 South Bend Cubs activated RHP James Norwood from the 7-day disabled list.
06/29/2015 South Bend Cubs sent RHP James Norwood on a rehab assignment to AZL Cubs.
06/29/2015 South Bend Cubs sent RHP James Norwood on a rehab assignment to AZL Cubs.
05/16/2015 South Bend Cubs placed RHP James Norwood on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 14, 2015.
05/07/2015 South Bend Cubs activated RHP James Norwood from the 7-day disabled list.
04/29/2015 South Bend Cubs placed RHP James Norwood on the 7-day disabled list.
04/06/2015 RHP James Norwood assigned to South Bend Cubs from Eugene Emeralds.
07/12/2014 James Norwood assigned to Boise Hawks from AZL Cubs.
06/21/2014 RHP James Norwood assigned to AZL Cubs.
06/19/2014 Chicago Cubs signed RHP James Norwood.