04-15-2014, 11:36 AM #1
Chris Herrmann - 2014
Name: Chris Herrmann
DOB: November 24, 1987
POB: Tomball, Texas
Shane's prospect rank: NA (already graduated)
2014 start: essentially MLB
2013 statistics (MLB): 178 plate appearances, .204/.286/.325 (.611), 7 doubles, 0 triples, 4 homers, 18 walks, 49 strikeouts, 0 stolen bases, 1 time caught stealing
Herrmann fills a potential "mega" utility role for the Twins by being able to catch, play corner OF, and first base, and also potentially emergency fill-in at 3B and in CF. Perhaps most importantly, he is insurance on the roster for the Suzuki-Pinto duo to both be in the lineup for Gardenhire.
The one offensive aspect to like about Herrmann's 2013 performance for the Twins was that his walk rate reminded one of most of his minor league career before AAA. His ISO-D of .82, and ISO-P of .121 mean that if he can strike out less and make more contact (true for every young Twins hitter right now), he will be a valuable utility player with a .675-.715 potential OPS.
04-15-2014, 12:07 PM #2
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Didn't Hermann play a lot of 3B at the U (Miami, that is)? How is his 3B defense?
04-15-2014, 12:57 PM #3
04-15-2014, 02:07 PM #4
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Besides his penchant for an 8th reliever and a 3rd catcher, Gardy has a jones for 2 futility IF's (witness Bartlett). If Herrmann can catch AND play 3B, the Twins have addressed two of those.
05-16-2014, 09:53 AM #5
Back in AAA, Herrmann has produced. In 32 plate appearances he has a .400/.438/.667 (1.104) slash, 3 doubles, a triple, and a homer. It would be nice to see him get some of his punch back from 2012. He put up nice numbers in AA then and has yet to show it at AAA (and beyond, obviously).
05-27-2014, 06:39 PM #6
Herrmann will be getting some CF time in Rochester, according to Gardenhire. This is an interesting development, but isn't all that surprising. They must really, really like Herrmann for this to go down. When Sam Fuld proves to be only an injury liability/defensive replacement in not-CF, the Twins will need someone else to backup Hicks once again.
And dear god and a half . . . Gardenhire is sitting Pinto again instead of DHing him or catching him instead of Suzuki. This is atrocious managing and must be a product of Gardenhire's weird paranoia about catching injuries and losing the DH.
Anyway, Herrmann batting 8th in tonight's Rochester lineup. The terrible Brad Nelson is batting 5th. I continue to marvel at how the minor league teams misuse prospects and players with major league fringe potential.
Also, it is interesting that the Twins don't just promote another of my adoptees, Danny Ortiz, to play CF in Rochester. I mean he is an outfielder and he does have much more experience in CF than Herrmann does. He is also smacking the ball currently and is two years younger than Herrmann.
06-18-2014, 06:58 PM #7
Herrmann's 2014 AAA season:
.345/.362/.491 (.853) in 58 plate appearances. He will remain on the fringe for the time being. It isn't clear that anyone other than Eric Fryer is in favor enough in the organization to compete for that up-and-down call-up spot.
07-01-2014, 01:08 AM #8
102 plate appearances:
.319/.363/.489 (.852), 7 doubles, 3 triples, and 1 home run. Herrmann is maintaining a very good OPS at AAA right now. That is an encouraging sign for the future, especially if the Twins decide to shop Suzuki (which they obviously should).
07-08-2014, 12:20 PM #9
133 plate appearances and Herrmann's OPS has climbed to .892 (.314/.383/.508). He is slugging a good number of doubles. His catching has been solid in AAA and I think it is about time to replace Eric Fryer, who, contrary to TR's wild fantasies about last offseason, is not good.
07-08-2014, 01:56 PM #10
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07-08-2014, 02:38 PM #11
Herrmann is back with the Twins after the DLing of Nolasco. He is not really much worse defensively, overall, than Fryer, and his bat might be alive now. Clearly Deduno cannot be the real solution to Nolasco, so we will see what the team does here. I think it is appropriate to swap out Fryer for Darnell very, very soon.