Chris Herrmann
Chris Herrmann
30-Year-Old CatcherC
Seattle Mariners
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners in April of 2018.
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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The veteran backstop has been a solid complement to Mike Zunino behind the dish, logging sporadic starts and providing some decent pop (four doubles, two triples, one home run over 72 plate appearances). While his modest playing time essentially negates any fantasy utility, Herrmann is proving valuable to the Mariners from a real-world baseball perspective and figures to continue seeing semi-regular playing time during the stretch run of the regular season.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+34%
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 .726 85 11 3 8 0 .237 .318 .408
Since 2016vs Right .706 415 50 14 52 9 .221 .304 .402
2018vs Left .917 12 1 0 0 0 .300 .417 .500
2018vs Right .682 66 4 1 5 0 .224 .303 .379
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
 
 
+82%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+52%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .733 244 30 11 38 4 .233 .299 .434
Since 2016Away .686 256 31 6 22 5 .215 .314 .372
2018Home .488 32 1 1 2 0 .167 .188 .300
2018Away .887 46 4 0 3 0 .289 .413 .474
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
0.41
 
BB Rate
11.5%
 
K Rate
28.2%
 
BABIP
.326
 
ISO
.162
 
AVG
.235
 
OBP
.321
 
SLG
.397
 
OPS
.718
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Starting at catcher Tuesday
CSeattle Mariners
August 21, 2018
Herrmann (knee) is starting at catcher and hitting eighth Tuesday against the Astros, TJ Cotterill of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
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Diagnosed with knee contusion
CSeattle Mariners
Knee
August 19, 2018
Herrmann was diagnosed with a right knee contusion, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Exits with apparent injury
CSeattle Mariners
Knee
August 19, 2018
Herrmann exited Sunday's game against the Dodgers with an apparent knee injury, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Laces rare triple in win
CSeattle Mariners
August 12, 2018
Herrmann went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple and a run in a win over the Astros on Saturday.
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Resumes backup duties
CSeattle Mariners
July 22, 2018
Herrmann is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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