Could A New Windup Help Bud Norris?

Updated: February 27, 2017

Veteran right-handed pitcher Bud Norris is competing for the fifth spot in the Angels rotation. He’s decided to change his delivery over the off-season, but will the new windup help him?

31-year-old Bud Norris signed a minor-league deal with the Halos during the off-season. After two consecutive disastrous seasons, Norris has decided to shake up his windup. He debuted his new delivery in the Angels’ 5-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

Norris needed 40 pitches to get through 1 2/3 innings on Sunday. He struck out two batters, walked one, and also hit one batter. Norris was more focused with working on his mechanics than his performance. His windup now features an anchored right foot.

Norris believes that this new delivery will help with consistency and direction to home plate. Norris used to rock back before planting his foot and starting his delivery towards the plate. According to Maria Guardado, Norris said “It was interesting the first time out there doing it in a game.”

He went on to say “I felt really comfortable with it in my live batting-practice session the other day, but obviously in the game scenario, it’s a little bit different. Getting comfortable from the windup is going to be a little bit for me.”

The eight-year Major League veteran has pitched in both the bullpen and the rotation. If this new delivery is successful he could be a main contributor in Anaheim this season.

According to Maria Guardado, Norris had this to say about his role with the Angels, “I’m at the point in my career where I’ll do anything that’s best for the club because I want to help this team win, I just see that the swingman is such an important role for a lot of clubs. I know I can give innings in any role.”

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