Scouting Report: James Norwood

by Staff | Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

contributed by BLF’s Jackson Craig

Pitcher Name:  James Norwood

Ht:  6’2

Wt:  200

Position:  RHP

Draft Status:  2014 Draft Eligible

Physical:  Norwood has a big upper body that helps produce easy velocity out of his hand.  He has wide shoulders and room to add weight down the road.

Mechanics:  Norwood starts on the 1B side of the rubber and pitches with a downward style action.  He has an extremely easy and elusive delivery.  He uses a high 3/4 arm slot with a good stride.

Fastball:  94-97 MPH.  Norwood looks very comfortable and confident using his top tier fastball against any level of hitting.  He has a great deal of run on his two-seam fastball.

Secondary Pitches:  Norwood uses a variety of pitches to fill out his 4 pitch repertoire.  All 3 offspeed pitches Norwood uses are still developing, but his curveball and changeup are becoming legit 2 and 3 pitches.

Curveball:  81-83 MPH.  He uses this pitch with a high level tilt.  Norwood often seems to use this pitch in 0-0 or 0-2 counts.  It, at times, can be a get me over type of strike.  I think this could be a pitch that Norwood keeps at the next level as it continues to develop.

Slider:  86-89 MPH.  Norwood has not used this pitch as much as his other offspeed pitches, but his slider is a heavy, powerful pitch.  He has late action, which, at times, can make this pitch nearly unhittable.

Change Up:  This pitch can still be a work in progress.  Norwood has great days with this pitch in which it has a high level of depth and good arm action.  Days that the pitch isn’t working as well, he still has a deceiving arm side run on the change up that helps keep this pitch one to watch out for in an at bat.

Command:  He show confidence in his fastball and has no issue throwing this pitch anywhere on the plate.  Norwood’s off-speed have good depth and easily make his 97 MPH fastball seem like he is touching 100.

Summary:  Norwood was a guy who last year was rumored as a possible day 2 pick in 2014 MLB Draft.  After touching 97 this fall and showing no signs of injury, Norwood easily could be a top 4 round guy.  If his 4 pitches continue to improve, I like Norwood to be taken early in this year’s draft.



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