Scouting Report: James Norwood
Pitcher Name: James Norwood
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.