FRANK HERRMANN, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: May 30, 1984
Signed: Non-drafted free agent, 2005 (Indians)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
College: Harvard University
Agent: Excel Sports Management
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Hermann wasn’t drafted in 2005 due to elbow tendonitis, but he got healthy over the summer and Cleveland signed him away from his senior season at Harvard. He moved up steadily as a starter, throwing a low-90s sinker, with a breaking ball and change, the latter being his out pitch. When he reached AAA, the Indians immediately moved him to relief and he spent parts of three seasons in the majors with them, including most of 2011-12. In relief, his fastball averaged 94 and reached 96. In the majors, he’s been a flyball pitcher with a very large platoon split, allowing an OPS of .921 to left-handed batters while holding right-handed hitters to .608. The Pirates signed Herrmann to a minor league deal after the Angels released him in August 2015.
Herrmann spent the year in the high A rotation. He got hit harder, but improved his control. He moved up to 26th on BA’s list of the Indians’ top prospects.
Herrmann opened the season in the Indians’ AA rotation, where he mostly struggled for a month and a half. The Indians sent him down to high A for one start, then moved him back to AA where his pitching was just fair. He then made two starts in AAA before returning to AA for a strong final month and a half.
Herrmann made five starts in AA, then the Indians moved him up to AAA, where he pitched exclusively in relief.
Herrmann got off to a great start pitching in relief in AAA and the Indians called him up in June. He got into 40 games out of their bullpen the rest of the year, pitching respectably with a low K rate.
Herrmann opened the season in Cleveland’s bullpen, but the team sent him to AAA in mid-April. He was there until late May, then returned to the Indians and ultimately got into another 40 games. He was less successful than the previous year, with opponents posting an .810 OPS against him.
The Indians sent Herrmann to AAA to open the season. He didn’t pitch well there, getting hit harder than he had previously as a reliever and allowing a HR every six and a half innings. He did, however, have a high K rate. The Indians called him up in early August and he pitched very well in the majors the rest of the year.
Herrmann had Tommy John surgery and missed the entire season.
The Indians optioned Herrmann to AAA at the start of the season, but outrighted him to the minors a week later. He started pitching again in late April, but struggled in his return to action. The Indians released him in early August.
Herrmann signed a minor league deal with the Angels in the off-season. They sent him to AAA to pitch in relief. He had very good walk and K rates, but opponents batted .320 against him. The Angels released him in mid-August and the Pirates signed him a few days later. He got good results in limited action for Indianapolis, although he walked five in six innings.
At the time they signed Herrmann, the Pirates were running out of pitchers at Indianapolis due to injuries and trades. It’s hard to say whether they acquired him as a project or simply because they needed a pitcher late in the season. He’ll be a free agent after the season. If the team thinks they might be able to get him turned around, they could try to re-sign him.
2015: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $35,000
MiLB Debut: 2006
MLB Debut: 6/4/2010
MiLB FA Eligible: 2015
MLB FA Eligible: 2019
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 6/4/2010
Options Remaining: 1 (USED: 2011, 2012)
MLB Service Time: 2.147
|August 14, 2005: Signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Cleveland Indians.
June 4, 2010: Contract purchased by the Cleveland Indians.
March 30, 2014: Designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians; outrighted to AAA on April 8.
August 10, 2014: Released by the Cleveland Indians.
January 27, 2015: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Los Angeles Angels.
August 12, 2015: Released by the Los Angeles Angels.
August 16, 2015: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.