Chris Herrmann
Chris Herrmann
31-Year-Old CatcherC
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Athletics in December of 2018.
Released by Oakland
CFree Agent  
September 13, 2019
Herrmann was released by the Athletics on Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Herrmann entered camp as the A's presumed starter behind the plate, but March knee surgery delayed his debut until early July. He never really got established after that, playing just 30 games while posting a poor .202/.280/.274 slash line. The 31-year-old unsurprisingly went unclaimed on waivers and will likely be stuck waiting until the offseason to find his next job.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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12
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vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+18%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+43%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .547 70 9 2 7 0 .182 .229 .318
Since 2017vs Right .645 367 41 11 35 5 .200 .295 .350
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
2017vs Left .503 47 5 2 6 0 .156 .191 .311
2017vs Right .645 209 30 8 21 5 .188 .292 .354
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+26%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+72%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+57%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+52%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .701 212 28 10 32 1 .224 .284 .417
Since 2017Away .558 225 22 3 10 4 .170 .284 .273
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
2017Home .747 125 18 7 21 1 .230 .296 .451
2017Away .491 131 17 3 6 4 .133 .252 .239
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Stat Review
How does Chris Herrmann compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.31
 
BB Rate
9.6%
 
K Rate
30.9%
 
BABIP
.296
 
ISO
.071
 
AVG
.202
 
OBP
.280
 
SLG
.274
 
OPS
.553
 
wOBA
.255
 
Exit Velocity
88.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.5%
 
Barrels/PA
3.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Booted from 40-man roster
COakland Athletics  
September 10, 2019
Herrmann was designated for assignment by Oakland on Tuesday.
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Returns to lineup
COakland Athletics  
August 28, 2019
Herrmann (groin) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.
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Exits with groin injury
COakland Athletics  
Groin
August 25, 2019
Herrmann left Sunday's game against the Giants due to a groin contusion.
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Seeing role reduction
COakland Athletics  
August 25, 2019
Herrmann will start at catcher and bat ninth Sunday against the Giants, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Returns to bench Saturday
COakland Athletics  
August 24, 2019
Herrmann is out of the starting lineup Saturday against the Giants, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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