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2024 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 76: Ben Norman

Speed and defense are keys to a solid all-around game for this former Hawkeye

Melissa Sage-Bollenbach is a die-hard White Sox fan and Mom of two incredible kids! She also has a Cubby hubby, but it’s OK because he likes the Sox. She went to the first Field of Dreams game, and it was the best baseball experience she's ever had!

Ben Norman

Left Fielder
200 pounds
Age: 26
2023 SSS Top Prospect Rank 92
2023 High Level Birmingham (Double-A)
Age relative to high level +1.4 years
SSS rank among all left fielders in the system 2
Overall 2023 regular season stats 64 games ⚾️ 9 HR ⚾️ 32 RBI ⚾️ .215/.324/.393 ⚾️ 12-of-14 (85.7%) SB ⚾️ 29 BB ⚾️ 72 K

Ben Norman played a solid five seasons of college ball at the University of Iowa, where he slashed .271/.373./.424 with a .797 OPS in 220 games. He also owned a respectable 17.7 % K-rate and 11.4% walk rate. Defensively, Norman is average, with a below-average arm. However, he is a plus runner, stealing 46 bags at the NCAA level. Norman was named a First Team All-Big Ten selection and ABCA/Rawlings First-Team All-Midwest Region honoree in his final season with the Hawkeyes.

Norman went undrafted in 2021 but wouldn’t give up on his dream over a 20-round draft, so he split his summer between the Trenton Thunder in the MLB Draft League and our old friend, the Great Falls Voyagers in the independent Pioneer League. Norman hit a combined .338/.422/.640 with 71 RBIs and six stolen bases in 256 plate appearances. He also demonstrated some surprising power, hitting 15 home runs — only two fewer than the 15 total he hit during his five years of college ball.

The White Sox signed Norman as a free agent to a minor league contract on Nov. 21, 2021, and assigned him to the Arizona Complex League (ACL) for 2022. Well older than league average, Norman tuned up at Camelback by playing in only five games and tearing the cover off the ball: .421/450/.737 with a 1.187 OPS. On June 18, the Sox promoted him to the Winston-Salem Dash, the High-A team in the South Atlantic League, where he didn’t fare as well offensively, hitting only .229/.312/.410 with a .722 OPS in 58 games. However, he again showed some pop in his bat, smacking nine home runs for an above-average ISO of .181. Norman also exhibited solid defense, committing no errors in 35 games in right field and only one in 25 games in left.

Norman’s Baseball Cube player ratings
Durability 79
Speed 78
XBH 71
Power 73
RBIs 65
Runs 60
Hitting 53
Contact 45

Norman began 2023 in Winston-Salem with a solid start slashing .313./476/.750 which resulted in a quick mid-April promotion to the Barons. Unfortunately he had a dip in his overall production with Birmingham, hitting only .206/.308/.359. Additionally, he experienced an injury in August that kept him out for about seven weeks. On the plus side, Norman demonstrated his speed (12 stolen bases in 14 attempts) and was outstanding defensively in the outfield, with only two errors over 94 total chances.

While the Sox can undoubtedly benefit from a lefty outfield power bat in their system, Norman’s age works against him. He will be 26 years old at the start of the 2024 season, and only age will justify him sliding up to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights out of the gate. It’s tough to envision him making significant enough progress to contribute to the big league club this season, but his speed and all-around skills on the diamond could qualify him as a late bloomer.

2024 South Side Sox Top 100 White Sox Prospects

76. Ben Norman, LF
77. Josimar Cousín, RHSP
78. Juan Gonzalez, C
79. Chris Lanzilli, LF
80. Alex Speas, RHRP
81. Fraser Ellard, LHRP
82. Garrett Wright, RHRP
83. Duke Ellis, CF
84. Mathias LaCombe, RHRP
85. Godwin Bennett, RF
86. Rikuu Nishida, LF
87. Caden Connor, LF
88. Zach Franklin, RHRP
89. Jeremy González, LHSP
90. Jerry Burke, RHRP
91. Frankeli Arias, LHSP
92. Mikey Kane, 3B
93. Carlton Perkins, RHSP
94. Tyler Neslony, LF
95. Drew Dalquist, RHSP
96. Jason Matthews, SS
97. Jonathan Stiever, RHSP
98. Tommy Sommer, LHSP
99. Daniel González, LHRP
100. Eduardo Herrera, 3B

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