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Norris Signs With Padres; Mundell Lifts Batting Average 40 Points

Norris Signs With Padres; Mundell Lifts Batting Average 40 Points

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Former Cal Poly pitcher Bud Norris, released by the Baltimore Orioles last Saturday, signed a major league contract for the rest of the regular season with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

He pitched one inning in relief Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds, retiring all three batters he faced with two strikeouts.

Norris (pictured at right) has been a starter throughout his career and went 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA last year while helping the Orioles win the American League East. He has struggled this season, however, posting a 7.08 ERA over 18 appearances in his final year before free agency. Norris missed nearly a month with a severe case of bronchitis.

Drafted in the sixth round in 2006 by the Astros, the 30-year-old Norris is 55-66 with a 4.43 ERA over parts of five seasons with Houston and parts of three with Baltimore. Read a San Diego Union-Tribune story on Norris' signing by clicking here.

Meanwhile, former Mustang first baseman/designated hitter Brian Mundell has raised his batting average 40 points over the last two weeks at Boise, going 16-for-39 (.410) with four doubles, a triple, one home run and 12 RBI.

Mundell currently is hitting .292 with the Hawks.

Joey Wagman has won both of his August starts at Beloit.

Cal Poly has three players currently in the Major Leagues — outfielder Logan Schafer with the Milwaukee Brewers, Casey Fien with the Minnesota Twins and Norris with San Diego. Pitcher Kevin Correia was designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies on July 7 and is on the reserve roster for Lehigh Valley.

Third baseman Brent Morel of the Oakland Athletics and middle infielder Mike Miller with the Pawtucket Red Sox are the pair of Mustangs currently playing Triple-A ball.

Currently sporting batting averages above the .260 mark are Jimmy Allen (.277) with the Great Lakes Loons, Mitch Haniger (.346) with the Visalia Rawhide, Mark Mathias (.268) with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Brian Mundell (.292) with the Boise Hawks, Nick Torres (.297) with the Lake Elsinore Storm and Peter Van Gansen (.292) with the Tri-City Dust Devils.

Jeff Johnson has 21 saves, a 1-2 record and a 1.08 ERA with the Akron RubberDucks. Chase Johnson (San Jose Giants) and Eric Massingham (Stuttgart Reds) both have seven wins this season while Kyle Brueggemann (Rockford Aviators), Matt Imhof (Clearwater Threshers) and Joey Wagman (Beloit Snappers) all have six victories.

For updates on all former Cal Poly players in the pro ranks this season, click the link at the top of this story.