Q&A: Josh Norris, The Trentonian

3 04 2011

I spoke with Josh Norris, who covers the Trenton Thunder (the New York Yankees’ AA-affiliate team) for the Trentonian. Below are some excerpts from our chat:

Making the Majors: On average, how long does the average minor league career last?

Josh Norris: It really depends on a lot of things—where you’re drafted, or if you’re a high school player versus a college player. Obviously, if a team drafts you with a higher pick, they’re going to push you through the minors quicker. But if you’re a high school player, they’re going to compensate sometimes for your lack of seasoning in high school.

Take a kid like Adam Warren. He was drafted in the fourth round in the 2009 draft, from the University of North Carolina. Last year was his second professional season, and he went from High-A Tampa to Trenton. This year he’ll probably start in Triple-A Scranton. So in just about two professional seasons, he’s almost in the major leagues.

Then there’s Slade Heathcott, who was drafted in the first round in 2009.  He was a little more raw because he was coming straight out of high school. He doesn’t know what professional life is like, so it takes a little longer for him to get adapted to things like long bus rides and managing money, aside from developing his skills as a player. They’re taking things a little slower with him because of the fact that he’s younger. There’s always the exception to every rule, but for the most part that’s how it goes.

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Welcome to MTM!

3 04 2011

Thanks for coming by Making The Majors! Like every young baseball player who aspires to become the next Derek Jeter or Roy Halladay, it all has to start somewhere. So whether you’re looking to learn about the next budding superstar or just want to read about life in the minor leagues, Making The Majors is the place to be.

Making The Majors is a blog focused on the world down on the farm system. It will provide insight and analysis on minor-league baseball as a whole. and look at what it takes for someone to make it to the big leagues. There will be Q&A’s with experts, player interviews, and in-depth analysis of life in the minors.

In addition, much of the reporting  in this blog will complement a heavily-researched magazine-style piece I will be writing for Fameology.net, a blog run by myself and my fellow students in Professor Mary Quigley’s Advanced Reporting class at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Institute of Journalism.

So dig in to the batter’s box and get ready to play ball!