Bronx RHP James Norwood signs Yankees’ MiLB contract

James Norwood
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Michael Bennington
Wednesday December 14, 2022

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The Yankees have signed a right-handed reliever, who went to high school just a few streets away from Yankee Stadium. James Norwood, who is a Bronx native, has agreed to a minor league contract on Tuesday, reported Jack Curry of YES Network.

The newest Yankees‘ reliever played in 20 games for the Phillies in 2022 before being sent to Boston in June. In 17 ⅓ innings, James Norwood had an ERA of 8.31 and 22 strikeouts. He never pitched in the big leagues for Boston. With Triple-A Worcester, the 28-year-old had a 4.87 ERA and 24 strikeouts.

James Norwood was in the New York Post All-Bronx Player of the Year in 2011. The Cubs picked him out of St. Louis University in the seventh round of the draft three years later.

After making it to the major leagues for the first time in 2018, James Norwood pitched in 23 relief games for the Cubs over the next three years, with an ERA of 4.50. The next year, in 2021, he pitched five innings without a hit for the Padres.

What do you think about the Yankees signing James Norwood? Will he prove to be another Nestor Cortes? Leave your comment below.

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