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James Norwood

James Norwood

P | B/T: R/R | 6' 2" 215 | Age: 26
Draft: 2014 (Rd: 7, #199, Chicago Cubs) - Saint Louis University
New York, NY USA
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 0 1 2.89 9 0 0 9.1 11 1.82
2 Seasons 0 2 3.54 20 0 0 20.1 21 1.77
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 9 0-1 2.89 9.1 11 1.82
2 Seasons 20 0-2 3.54 20.1 21 1.77

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
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Slider: 50 | Splitter: 50 | Control: 45 | Overall: 40

One of the hardest throwers among college starters in the 2014 Draft, Norwood became the highest pick in Saint Louis history to that point when the Cubs selected him in the seventh round. His pro career began to take off when Chicago made him a full-time reliever in 2016. He became the first Billiken in four decades to reach the big leagues when he got there in 2018, though inconsistent control and command have prevented him from securing a role with the Cubs.

Norwood peaked at 98 mph as a starter in college, and he now operates at 94-97 and tops out at 100 with running action on his fastball. He didn't have reliable secondary offerings to succeed in the rotation but has since improved his mid-80s slider and developed an upper-80s splitter. Both range from fringy to solid and he still works predominantly off his heater.

Norwood has effort in his delivery that worked against him as a starter. While he no longer has to maintain his stuff for several innings at time, his mechanics still detract from his control and command. If he can do a better job of locating his pitches, he might become a seventh-inning reliever.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2018 227 39 3 7.7 89.6 17.8 .258 .388 .312 .303 .332 30.8 18.5 9.3
2019 206 25 1 4.0 90.0 15.5 .245 .422 .351 .353 .400 40.0 25.0 18.2
ALL 433 64 4 6.3 89.8 16.9 .253 .403 .330 .326 .358 34.4 21.4 13.3
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
09/09/2019 Chicago Cubs recalled RHP 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.