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11/24/1987 (29 y, 3 m, 5 d)
2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 6, Pick: 21, Overall: 192, Team: Minnesota Twins
$0.9M / 1 Years (2017)
Herrmann (hand) is hitless in three at-bats this spring. (2/28/2017)
Minnesota Twins Top 15 Prospects (2012-13)
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Herrmann's best attribute in the minors has been discipline, and that suited him well up through Double-A. But in his first taste of Triple-A in 2013, he hit just .227/.297/.312. In most organizations, that would possibly require a return trip to Double-A. Not with the Twins, however. In fact, Herrmann dubiously debuted in 2012, when the Twins called him up as an emergency option when he'd already been sent home at the conclusion of the Double-A season. Herrmann had last played thirteen days earlier when the Twins called him up to the big league club for the last two weeks, where he went 1-for-18 (.056/.105/.056) with five strikeouts to round out his season. The 2013 season started out better for Herrmann, who acted as a backup catcher and outfielder for the big league club starting in late May. He started out 11-for-31 (.355/.394/.613) with a pair of home runs while showing a strong throwing arm from the outfield. But from that point on, he hit just .167/.261/.254 while accruing a surprising 144 plate appearances between catcher and outfield. At this point, it's unclear if the 26-year-old has much of a big league future. He's been a decent catch-and-throw guy (33% caught stealing rate), but hasn't been good enough for the Twins to not have to keep Eric Fryer on the 40-man roster as a defensive specialist, either. He may well be the next guy bounced off the Twins 40-man roster. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Herrmann has to show more offensively to keep his roster spot, as he isn't a standout defender behind the plate or in the outfield, despite his strong arm. The plate discipline has been nice, but isn't enough on its own to merit his inclusion on the 40-man roster for the Twins.
Herrmann might be among the most forgettable Twins in recent memory. It wasn't for any negative or nefarious reason, but honestly just because he never really did, well, anything. He hit just .181/.248/.280 across four big league seasons, and never really did much to stand out defensively at catcher or in the outfield -- save for an assist or two -- or at the plate. He'll take his show on the road to Arizona, as the Twins moved him for outfield prospect Daniel Palka to clear room on the 40-man roster. From a fantasy standpoint, there's just no value here. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Herrmann was a reasonably good minor league hitter with a decent approach and some contact skills, but he's got limited power and never really put it all together. The odds of him doing that in Arizona at age 28 aren't high, either.
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Updated: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 3:38 AM ET
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