Chris Herrmann
Chris Herrmann
32-Year-Old CatcherC
San Francisco Giants
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Chris Herrmann in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Rays in January of 2020. Released by the Rays in July of 2020.
Signs minors deal with Giants
CSan Francisco Giants  AAA
July 25, 2020
Herrmann signed a minor-league deal with the Giants, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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Herrmann will be part of the Giants' player pool and taxi squad. He's found an organization with a fairly significant need behind the plate, as Buster Posey's decision to opt out left Tyler Heineman, who had just five career big-league games under his belt, as the team's Opening Day catcher. Whether or not Herrmann will be able to carve out a significant role in San Francisco remains to be seen.
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+1%
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+43%
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+16%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .638 23 4 0 1 0 .238 .304 .333
Since 2018vs Right .645 158 11 3 14 0 .216 .299 .345
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .400 10 3 0 1 0 .200 .200 .200
2019vs Right .573 84 6 1 7 0 .203 .289 .284
2018vs Left .839 13 1 0 0 0 .273 .385 .455
2018vs Right .726 74 5 2 7 0 .231 .311 .415
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+57%
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Since 2018Home .635 87 10 3 11 0 .215 .267 .367
Since 2018Away .651 94 5 0 4 0 .222 .330 .321
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2019Home .690 50 8 1 7 0 .250 .327 .364
2019Away .402 44 1 0 1 0 .150 .227 .175
2018Home .561 37 2 2 4 0 .171 .189 .371
2018Away .883 50 4 0 3 0 .293 .420 .463
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Herrmann's .237/.322/.421 line last season was good for a 107 wRC+, the second-best mark of his seven-year career, though it's hard to get too excited about a performance that took place over just 87 plate appearances. He did increase his walk rate for the fourth straight season to a career-high 11.5%, but he also relied on a .314 BABIP that sat well above his .262 career mark. There isn't a whole lot of reason to believe the 31-year-old is anything significantly different from the career backup who's never received more than 256 plate appearances in a season and who owns a career wRC+ of 68. The Athletics seem to believe in him to a greater degree, as he appears to have a good shot at the team's starting catcher job. With increased playing time and a decent batting line in two of the last three years, there's at least a chance that Herrmann provides value outside of very deep leagues, though it would take a career year to get him there.
Herrmann spent the 2017 season in a sort of three-headed catching platoon with Chris Iannetta and Jeff Mathis while also serving as a reserve outfielder (24 games). He had a woeful year at the plate, slashing .181/.273/.345 with a brutal .207 BABIP. The 30-year-old did smack the most home runs of his six-year major-league career with 10, though that number is wholly uninspiring given the league-wide power surge. He walked at a good clip (11.9 percent), but also struck out in 26.2 percent of his plate appearances and actually wound up with fewer hits this past year than he did in 2016 despite logging 90 additional plate appearances. The Diamondbacks tendered Herrmann a contract for 2018, so he will be back to fill a similar role, but it's a stretch to think he'll return positive value in mixed leagues. Those scouring for a second catcher in 15-teamers should be able to do better than Herrmann.
Before 2016, Herrmann never posted an OPS above .611 in any of his four MLB seasons as a reserve in Minnesota. He shattered that mark last season, posting a career-best .845 OPS to go along with a career-best .284 average. Herrmann also posted career highs with six home runs, 21 runs and 28 RBI as the primary backup to Welington Castillo behind the plate. Now that Castillo has moved on to Baltimore, Herrmann will enter camp as the favorite to be Arizona's catcher on Opening Day. While his value is trending up due to an anticipated increase in playing time, his .364 BABIP and 15 percent HR/FB scream regression. He should operate the strong side of a pretty strict platoon, with Jeff Mathis or Chris Iannetta starting against lefties, so 100-plus games is a possibility. His role means he should be drafted in most two-catcher formats, but do not expect him to pick up where he left off last year from a per plate appearance production standpoint.
Despite some decent seasons with the bat in the minors (.727 career OPS at Triple-A), Herrmann was awful in the majors again with a .486 OPS in 45 games. After spending most of his time in the big leagues working as a reserve outfielder with the Twins prior to last season, Herrmann was used mostly as a catcher in 2015 and he had a decent season with the glove. Sporadic playing time likely contributed to his increased strikeout rate (32.7-percent), but his lack of power and low contact rate would appear to limit his upside if he carves out any kind of regular role. Herrmann will compete for the backup catcher role after being traded to Arizona in November.
Herrmann had a bounceback season at Triple-A by hitting .304 with a .878 OPS, but struggled again to hit in the majors (.520 career OPS). He draws walks at a decent rate and makes good contact. His defense is seen as adequate at catcher and he has enough versatility to be an option in the outfield. However, neither his bat nor his glove are strong enough to consider him a future starting catcher, and he'll likely add depth at Triple-A.
Despite hitting just .227/.297/.312 at Triple-A, Herrmann got extensive playing time the final two months of last season with the Twins after Joe Mauer was lost due to a concussion, but failed to make a strong impression by hitting .204/.286/.325. Herrmann draws walks at an outstanding rate and makes good contact. His defense is seen as adequate at catcher and he has enough versatility to be an option in the outfield. He could make Minnesota's roster as the third catcher or move into a backup role if injuries strike, but neither his bat nor his glove are strong enough to consider him a future starting catcher.
Herrmann got a cup of coffee with the Twins in September after a productive season at Double-A where he displayed some power and strong plate discipline. Herrmann draws walks at an outstanding rate and makes good contact. His defense is seen as adequate at catcher and he has enough versatility to be fungible in the outfield. He could make Minnesota's roster as third catcher or move into a backup role if injuries strike, but neither his bat nor his glove are strong enough to consider him a future starting catcher.
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Heads to free agency
CFree Agent  AAA
July 18, 2020
Herrmann exercised his opt-out clause and became a free agent Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Shifts to alternate camp site
CTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 3, 2020
Herrmann has been shifted to the Rays' alternate summer camp site at Port Charlotte, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Gets into player pool
CTampa Bay Rays  AAA
June 29, 2020
Herrmann is part of the 60-man player pool that will report to Rays' summer camp, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Layoff could be advantageous
CTampa Bay Rays  AAA
March 24, 2020
Herrmann, who's battling Kevan Smith and Michael Perez for the backup catcher job, could potentially benefit from the current suspension of spring training, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Making case for backup catcher job
CTampa Bay Rays  AAA
March 4, 2020
Herrmann, who's competing with Michael Perez and Kevan Smith for the backup catcher role this spring, is hitting .500 (6-for-12) with four RBI and one walk across six Grapefruit League games.
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