GODDARD, Kansas – Bolstering one of the hottest lineups in baseball, Goddard High School grad Derek Norris is one of multiple Oakland A’s named to the American League All-Star team Sunday.
It’s been over 30 years since this many A’s have made the American League All-Star roster, according to Inside Bay Area Sports. At least six players on Oakland’s squad are heading to the July 15th Midsummer Classic in Minneapolis. It’s seven if you count recently acquired Jeff Samardzija. The former Cub made the National League team, but he’s inelgible to play due to a recent trade to the Athletics.
Norris, a former Wichita State signee was drafted in the fourth round by the Washington Nationals in 2007 and elected to go straight into pro ball instead of playing for WSU. It’s Norris’ third season in the big leagues and his inaugural All-Star appearance. The Kansas native doesn’t play every day because he’s part of a three-catcher platoon system with Oakland.
Norris has amassed a .302 batting average, along with eight homers & 35 RBIs over 61 games this season.