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Monday, March 12, 2012

Top 10 Thunder players from 2011 - No. 2 Tim Norton

Why He's Here: Norton destroyed the Eastern League, period. Were he able to stay healthy, there's a great chance he would have been fighting for a spot in New York's bullpen this year. 

Armed with mid-90s heat and a devastating breaking ball, Norton tore up the competition. In 29 innings, he allowed just 12 hits, eight walks and two longballs. He fanned 44, held opponents to a .124 batting average, and was equally dirty against both right- and left-handed hitters.

Unfortunately for Norton, he made just one appearance with Scranton before hitting the DL for the rest of the year. He's up and throwing again in spring training, so perhaps this year could be the big one for the big man from the University of Connecticut. 

Most Memorable Moment: With so many good outings from which to choose, it's tough to pick a favorite. That said, I'll take his two-inning, four-strikeout performance against Richmond on April 19. His scoreless eighth and ninth innings kept the game tied and paved the way for Austin Romine's game-winning single in the tenth inning.

Outlook for 2012: Even with a glut of other relievers seemingly ticketed for Triple-A, it's hard to believe Norton starts anywhere but on the bus with the Empire State Yankees in 2012. 


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