Chris Herrmann
Chris Herrmann
31-Year-Old CatcherC
Oakland Athletics
60-Day IL
Injury Knee
Est. Return 5/20/2019
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.
Making progress in recovery
COakland Athletics
Knee
March 30, 2019
Herrmann's knee swelling has gone down, and he's been able to ride a stationary bike and do other exercises, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Herrmann underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in early March. He believes he'll be ready to go 8-to-10 weeks from the date of the procedure, though he won't be eligible to return until his 60-day stay on the injured list is up. Nick Hundley and Josh Phegley have been splitting time in his absence.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2019
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2018
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .573 60 6 2 6 0 .179 .233 .339
Since 2017vs Right .667 283 35 10 28 5 .199 .297 .370
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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Since 2017
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2019
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2018
 
 
+57%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+52%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .704 162 20 9 25 1 .216 .272 .432
Since 2017Away .597 181 21 3 9 4 .175 .298 .299
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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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 on 60-day IL
COakland Athletics
Knee
March 19, 2019
Herrmann was placed on the 60-day injured list Tuesday.
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Surgery deemed successful
COakland Athletics
Knee
March 9, 2019
Herrmann will be reevaluated in two weeks after undergoing successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
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Undergoing surgery
COakland Athletics
Knee
March 8, 2019
Herrmann is undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Friday, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic reports.
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Knee surgery on tap
COakland Athletics
Knee
March 7, 2019
Herrmann is planning to undergo arthroscopic surgery to address his right knee injury, but will receive a second opinion on the matter before scheduling a date for the procedure, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
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Slated to miss Opening Day
COakland Athletics
Knee
March 6, 2019
Updating earlier reports, Herrmann (knee) has been ruled out for Opening Day by Athletics head athletic trainer Nick Paparesta, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
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