Does Bud Norris Have a Role on the Angels?

Updated: February 22, 2017

It’s no secret that the Angels desperately needed pitching. They attempted to address that issue with cheap deals, hoping some top prospects would bounce back, and that their young pitchers with high ceilings would stay healthy and reach their potential.

In the offseason they added Jesse Chavez for a one year, $5 million dollar deal, and Manny Banuelos, John Lamb, Vicente Campos, Yusmeiro Petit, and Bud Norris on minor-league deals. It seems a long shot that any of those players would find a spot in the rotation, but Bud Norris is an interesting get. Does he have a role on this team?

Norris has historically pitched well in Anaheim, only allowing four earned runs in forty two innings over six starts in 2013 and 2014. Norris has struggled over the past few seasons before finding a groove last season with the Atlanta Braves.

Norris put up a 2.15 ERA over five starts for the Braves after shining out of their bullpen, and then he was shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he pitched well before being pushed out when the Dodgers injured pitchers returned. Norris is now looking to build on that with the first minor league deal of his career, and by the sound of it, it appears he’s destined to find a spot in the bullpen.

“The reports we had when he pitched out of the bullpen were that his stuff picked up,” Scioscia said. Scioscia also went on to say that Norris , ‘has the stuff to definitely start, too,’ and that the Halos would, ‘look and see where he fits and has the best chance to help us.’

For his part, Norris has expressed a willingness to pitch in any capacity to help the team win, which is a good thing. He pitched will in the bullpen for Atlanta last season, and the Angels can use as much help as they can get back there. A proven veteran who can pitch multiple innings out of the bullpen is a very valuable commodity, and the fact that he can step in and start if needed is also an asset that every team needs.

The Angels are going to need a lot of pitching help this season, in the rotation and the bullpen. The staff is full of inexperience, injury risks, and ineffectiveness, and you can easily envision all of this falling apart in the pitching staff if players like Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs, Alex Meyer, and Huston Street can’t stay healthy and if players like Ricky Nolasco, Matt Shoemaker, and Andrew Bailey can’t shake their inconsistency and put together solid campaigns. A player like Bud Norris could be a huge lift to this team, most likely in the bullpen, and he’ll definitely have a role on this team.

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