I drafted a minor league prospect-Hermida in 2005 and cackled with delight when he hit a grand slam in his first major league at-bat. I really thought he was destined for great things, despite a few select trash-talking league mates.
The moment I realized he might not be a superstar in the making though, was the following season. My friend was working as an intern in Dunedin for the Blue Jays minor league affiliate, and Hermida was in town on a rehab assignment for the Marlins, so I had my friend give me the scouting report on him. Hermida got one at-bat and was tossed. From a Single-A game. On a rehab appearance. It was a bad sign to me that the guy just didn’t have his priorities straight, and I can’t help but feel that it was a larger statement on his character. Maybe its just a coincidence, but I think Hermida just didn’t have the makeup to fulfill the greatness his tools portended.
“…hopefully, it shows more color soon. For baseball’s sake. ”
I don’t understand this hyperbolic expression. What exactly about Hermida is so awesome that the world needs him back? He’s not an interesting character, he’s not an awesome fielder and he doesn’t have a nice Hamilton-esque story. He’s made a bunch of money already and he had plenty of chances to make more. And, by many accounts, he has lost the joy in playing the sport for a while now.
I just want to understand why people would miss him. He’s done well for himself, compared to 99.99% of the people in the country and he doesn’t have the kind of skill sets that make him utterly unique. It was fun watching you for a while, Jeremy. Thanks for giving Mariano Rivera one of his blown saves. Good luck with retirement.
The Red Sox , not really known for bad decision making, cut him instead of Darnell McDonald, Eric Patterson and indie leaguer Daniel Nava. Hermida is brutally bad defensively, has no contact skills anymore and his patientce and power are gone. there are better upside plays in the free talent pool.