Chris Herrmann
Chris Herrmann
31-Year-Old CatcherC
Oakland Athletics
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
$Signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Athletics in December of 2018.
Likely to work in platoon
COakland Athletics
February 2, 2019
General manager David Forst called Herrmann and Josh Phegley a "good platoon" when asked to assess the Athletics' catching situation last week, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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There's always a chance the Athletics look for outside help at catcher in the weeks leading up to the March 20 opener, but for now, Herrmann looks poised to see the bulk of the playing time behind the plate due to his status as the left-handed option of the two backstops. Even with the Athletics set to limit his exposure to same-handed pitching, it's difficult to view Herrmann as anything other than a batting-average drain, given his .209/.287/.360 (66 wRC+) career mark in 735 plate appearances versus righties.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+33%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .717 86 11 3 8 0 .234 .314 .403
Since 2016vs Right .713 423 51 15 54 9 .223 .306 .408
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
2016vs Left 1.071 26 5 1 2 0 .381 .500 .571
2016vs Right .804 140 16 5 26 4 .268 .324 .480
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+57%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+52%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .739 249 31 12 40 4 .232 .297 .442
Since 2016Away .688 260 31 6 22 5 .217 .317 .372
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
2016Home .805 87 11 3 15 3 .263 .345 .461
2016Away .887 79 10 3 13 1 .306 .359 .528
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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.
BB/K
0.42
 
BB Rate
11.5%
 
K Rate
27.6%
 
BABIP
.314
 
ISO
.184
 
AVG
.237
 
OBP
.322
 
SLG
.421
 
OPS
.743
 
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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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Lands deal with Oakland
COakland Athletics
December 11, 2018
Herrmann agreed to a contract with the A's on Tuesday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.
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Let go by Houston
CFree Agent
November 30, 2018
Herrmann wasn't tendered a contract for the 2019 season by the Astros, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Claimed off waivers
CHouston Astros
November 2, 2018
Herrmann was claimed off waivers by Houston on Friday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Smacks pinch-hit game-winner
CSeattle Mariners
September 26, 2018
Herrmann slugged a pinch-hit, two-run, game-winning home run in an extra-innings victory over the Athletics on Tuesday.
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On base thrice in loss
CSeattle Mariners
August 27, 2018
Herrmann went 1-for-2 with two walks in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday. He's 2-for-6 overall in his three games since returning from a one-game absence due to a knee injury.
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