Childhood Royals fan Norris set for playoff run with Oakland

Derek Norris, C, Athletics
Hometown: Goddard, Kan.

Norris grew up rooting for the Kansas City Royals and idolizing George Brett.

At Kansas' Goddard High School, Norris played baseball, basketball and football. On the diamond, he was a third baseman until his senior year. In 2007, he became a catcher -- and the rest is history.

Norris was named the Kansas Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year in '07, and that season he cracked the Louisville Slugger All-American team.

Before getting drafted by the Nationals in the fourth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Norris had signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Wichita State.

Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.