NOT-SO HOT SHEET
• Michael Burgess, of, Nationals. Maybe it was the home run derby. Burgess won the event at the SAL all-star game in June, but has hit just four home runs since and none in the last three weeks. He hit only .182/.250/.273 (4-for-22) this week for low Class A Hagerstown and has continued to strikeout at a high rate, which was more palatable when he was hitting home runs, but not so much when the power dries up.
DEREK NORRIS, C NATIONALS
Team: short-season Vermont (New York-Penn)
Why He's Here: .455/.676/.818 (10-for-22), 2 2B, 2HR, 6 RBIs, 14 BB, 2 IBB, 3 SO
The Scoop: Norris is putting up impressive numbers in the NYP this year after scuffling through his first stint in pro ball in the Gulf Coast League last summer. Norris is relatively inexperienced as a catcher—he just began catching his senior year in high school—but his offensive approach is extremely mature as evidenced by his 14 walks in the past week. Perhaps the most telling sign of Norris' maturity at the plate was his 3-for-4 performance in an 18-inning victory over Lowell. Norris came to the plate nine times in the game, but was only retired once, as he drew five walks in addition to his three hits. Norris certainly won't walk his way to the big leagues, but his advanced approach at the plate is a contrast to his inexperience behind the plate.