Blue Jays No. 1 prospect Daniel Norris struck out a career-high 13 batters in 5 2/3 innings Friday, helping Triple-A Buffalo defeat Lehigh Valley, 7-1.
Friday was just Norris' second start since he was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire. He made his debut with Buffalo on Sunday, striking out 10 batters in six scoreless innings.
Norris, ranked No. 28 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects, continued dominating Triple-A hitters Friday night. He allowed one run on three hits, walked none and threw 85 pitches.
Norris began his start Friday by retiring the first nine batters he faced, striking out seven. By the end of his outing, he had become the first Bisons pitcher to strike out 10 or more batters in back-to-back games. He also came within one strikeout of matching the club record, set by right-hander Marcus Moore in 1997.
Buffalo is Norris' third stop this season. He had an All-Star first half with Class A Advanced Dunedin before earning a promotion to New Hampshire in June and another last week. Across all three levels this season, he is 11-1 with a 2.21 ERA. He has struck out 148 batters and walked 36 in 114 innings.
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