Norm Hutchins

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Norman Elliott Hutchins

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Norm Hutchins spent 18 years in professional baseball, more than half of which in the independent leagues. He was initially taken by the California Angels in the 2nd round of the 1994 amateur draft, between shortstop Victor Rodriguez and pitcher John Ambrose. Drafted a few picks ahead of him was future Angels star Troy Glaus. He was signed by scout Jim McLaughlin.

Hutchins developed into a low-on-base percentage speedster with fair pop. In 1996, with the Cedar Rapids Kernels, he knocked a career high 16 triples; the next campaign, with the Lake Elsinore Storm, he set career marks in home runs (15) and stolen bases (39). He reached Triple-A for the first time that year, as well, hitting .207/.273/.310 in 7 games. He remained in the Angels system through 1999, then played in the Colorado Rockies organization in 2000 and in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays chain in 2001. He spent the remainder of his career in indy ball, playing in the Northern League East (2002), Atlantic League (2003-2007, 2012), Golden Baseball League (2008-2009), American Association (2009) and Can-Am Association (2011-2012).

He played 1,602 games total, hitting .265/.315/.402 with 1,603 hits, 129 home runs, 278 doubles, 83 triples, 726 RBI and 302 stolen bases. He was 0-1 with a 11.81 ERA in 5 relief appearances on the mound. He was rated among the Angels top prospects twice by Baseball America: 1997 (#5) and 1999 (#8).

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