|Born: March 12, 1989
Height: 6′ 2″
Signed: Int. FA, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2007
How Acquired: Int. FA
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Noris was a rare example of the Pirates’ current management not promoting a player aggressively in the lower minors. They left him in the VSL despite a strong first season, a decision the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported they might have regretted. Noris has good power but massive strike zone issues. He’s strictly a left fielder, as he doesn’t run very well. When I’ve seen him play he hasn’t taken the best routes to flyballs, but he has a good arm, as he showed by recording thirteen assists in 2010.
Noris had an outstanding debut, finishing among the VSL leaders in doubles, HRs, RBIs and slugging. His K rate was high but not alarming, at slightly over one in five ABs in a league where K rates tend to be low. He had a good walk total.
Surprisingly, the Pirates sent Noris back to VSL for a second year. He had a similar but slightly weaker season.
In his US debut, Noris hit for very good power, although most of HRs came in one week. His plate discipline started to go south, though. He had a huge platoon split.
The Pirates challenged Noris by moving him up to West Virginia and his performance remained similar: almost no walks, an extremely high K rate, and good power. He improved over the course of the season. Before the SAL All-Star break, he hit 211/243/408. After, it was 265/324/413, although his K rate actually increased. This time he had a reverse platoon split.
Noris returned to West Virginia and it was clear from the start that the Pirates don’t regard him as a significant prospect. He played only semi-regularly. He had a terrible time with LHPs, hitting 182/204/250 against them, and his BB:K ratio got even worse.
Noris appears to have lost his prospect status. I suppose it’s possible he could have the sort of dramatic turnaround that Wes Freeman had in 2011, but he’s a year older than Freeman; he’ll open 2012 at 23. He’ll probably be a backup in class A. He’ll be eligible for the Rule 5 draft this off-season but won’t be selected.
|2012: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $110,000
MiLB Debut: 5/14/2007
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2013
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2011
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|April 27, 2007: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent with a $110,000 bonus.|