On the same day as the Kemp deal, the Padres acquired their catcher of the future. Derek Norris, a 2014 All-Star, was known as a great offensive catcher. He brought more of an offensive punch to the position for the team. The Padres needed to improve their offense, but Norris had defensive question marks.
In the 2014 American League Playoffs, the Kansas City Royals ran wild all over Derek Norris and the Oakland A’s. Norris had a hard time throwing out baserunners, and that seemed to be a huge question mark heading into the 2015 season. Norris responded this season by throwing out a whopping 40 of 118 potential base runners. That is at a 34 percent rate which is way above the league average of 28%. Norris has however allowed a league high 12 passed balls. Offensively Norris is hitting .245 with 13 homers and 59 RBIs in 135 games. Norris has taken a beating all year long and is an absolute warrior behind the plate.
Seth Streich was injured during the 2015 season but at 24 has a decent upside as a relief pitcher. Speaking of injuries. Oft-injured Jesse Hahn once again hurt his throwing arm. The curveball pitcher has always had arm troubles but managed a very decent half season for the A’s. Hahn went 6-6 in 16 starts with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.169 WHIP. He went down in July with a strained right forearm and is not scheduled to make it back this year.
R.J. Alvarez looked very good for the Padres in a September 2014 call up. He made the A’s out of spring training but was rocked by Major League pitching in early April. He has a 10.47 ERA and a 1.959 WHIP in 18 games. He was sent down in April and went 3-3 with a 4.11 ERA in 35 AAA innings. This deal looks to be a very positive one for the Padres.