As the trade deadline comes to a close, the Detroit Tigers traded left-handed reliever Daniel Norris to the Brewers for starting pitcher Reese Olson.
Norris, who came over from Toronto along with Matthew Boyd in the David Price deal back in 2015, was a starter and a reliever in a Tigers uniform. He finished his career going 18-33 with an ERA of 4.59 with 428 strikeouts in 490.2 innings pitched. In the month of July, Norris has held hitters to just a .107 batting average over just 8.1 innings of work.
Meet Reese Olson
What the Detroit Tigers get back in return is the number six prospect in the Brewers system according to FanGraphs’s latest prospect ranking, which came out on July 1. Olson, who was playing for High-A Wisconsin, was drafted in the 13th round out of high school in Georgia back in 2018.
According to FanGraphs’s Eric Longenhagen, Olson experience a velocity spike during the 2020 layoff, and he has been hitting around 93-97 with his fastball. He features a plus slider and a changeup which if have noticed recently by their 2021 draft, the Tigers seem to like pitchers where their slider is a plus secondary pitch and Eric mentioned he does feature above-average curveball.
In his final start on July 25 against South Bend, he pitched five innings, allowing just one hit, walked three, and struck out four. On the season, he has pitched 69 innings, walked 35, and struck out 79 with an ERA of 4.30.
Olson should start at West Michigan after starter Beau Briske was called up to Erie earlier in the week. For the Tigers, an arm with upside who is just 21 years old, this was a much-needed pitching depth piece add. Check out Olson here from last month.