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.