This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.
I like to think I follow baseball more than the average guy. That said, there are still times where I watch a game or scan a box score and say, "who?". Of course, that happens all the time during the first half of spring training, as journeymen, lesser-hyped young players, and guys off the street get Cactus and Grapefruit League at-bats. This week, I'll highlight a handful of these "who?" type guys that could land larger-than-expected roles this season.
Chris Hermann (C-ARI)
I suppose any discussion of Arizona all-time great catchers starts at Miguel Montero, and while Hermann isn't close to prime-Montero levels, it appears that he currently tops the depth chart. I'm still puzzled why Wellington Castillo was not tendered a contract after hitting a respectable .264/.322/.423 with 14 home runs last season, but I guess the Diamondbacks needed to cut somewhere. Hermann batted a surprising .284/.352/.493 in 156 PA's for Arizona last year after posting no higher than a .611 OPS in four previous big league stints. He also went 3-for-28 for Triple-A Reno and he's 29. Unless Arizona deals for a guy like Derek Norris, he should lead the uninspiring trio of Arizona catches (Jeff Mathis, Chris Iannetta) in at-bats, and that alone makes him worthy of rostering in two-catcher leagues.
Carl Edwards Jr. (RP-CHC)
Edwards is a fairly well-known commodity after nearly (?) losing Game 7 of the World Series, but he's potentially in line to be the primary setup man