Bisons' Daniel Norris Traded to Detroit

The scout’s section of seats has been nearly full this season at Coca Cola Field in downtown Buffalo for every fifth Buffalo Bisons game. But why? Who have the eyes been on? Who have the notes been written about? Who have the radar guns been pointed at?

Daniel Norris.  

The left-handed pitcher was the number one prospect in the Blue Jays organization and a Top 20 prospect in all of Major League Baseball. But now Norris is headed to Detroit.

The future ace has been traded by the Blue Jays to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for current ace and 2012 Cy Young Winner David Price. Going with Norris in the deal are Jairo Labourt and Matt Boyd, both also left handed pitchers. CBS’s Jon Heyman reported the trade first via Twitter.  

Norris has started 16 games for the Buffalo Bisons this season. In that time the lefty boasts a 4.27 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. He also struck out 78 batters while walking 43.

It has been a turbulent season for Norris, but he certainly has the big league stuff and potential. He can hit mid-90s with his fastball consistently, and has strikeout movement on his breaking pitches. This season he’s also vastly improved his pick off move. If his nonconformist mindset can find a way to coexist with the big league machine, there should be nothing stopping Norris from a very successful MLB career.

Norris’ Twitter bio reads, “I live to find 3 things. 1. Eternal life. 2. The strike zone. & 3. Good waves.” Number one isn’t location dependent and number three likely can’t be found any better in Detroit than Buffalo. But number two, the strike zone that Norris is searching for, now hovers a few inches above the dirtied white plate at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.