As the long, difficult Minnesota Twins’ season winds down in its final month, we’ll take a closer look at some of the new (and some not so new) faces added to the roster with our new Who’s That Guy? postings. Our next entry: Catcher/Right Fielder Chris Herrmann
Apr 9, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins right fielder Chris Herrmann (12) gets ready to bat against the Oakland Athletics at Target Field. Athletics win 7-4 in 11 innings. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
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Who’s That Guy?
- Name – Christopher Ryan Herrmann
- Age – 24 (Turns 25 on September 16th)
- Position – Catcher/RF
- Career stats (86 games) – 222 AB, BA .185, 4 HR, 20 RBI
Experience – Drafted in the 6th round in 2009, Herrmann is a familiar name for Twins fans as he has bounced back and forth between the Twins and AAA Rochester the past two seasons. Appearing in 79 games for the Twins at Catcher and Right Field in 2013 and 2014, his call-up in September came as little surprise.
What he’s done in 2014 – Appeared in 60 games for the Red Wings, batting .304 with 5 HR & 26 RBI. Appeared in 22 games for the Twins, batting .170 with 0 HR and 1 RBI.
September expectations – Play well enough to ensure a full-time roster spot with the big league squad. Having bounced back and forth from Rochester to Minneapolis the past two seasons, Herrmann is one of three prospects who have seen time in 2014 at the Catcher position behind starter Kurt Suzuki (Josmil Pinto & Eric Fryer being the others). One of them will hope to separate themselves from the others for the full-time backup catcher roster spot in 2015. Herrmann has seen enough big league time to feel comfortable in this situation, but needs to start showing something at the plate for the organization to invest in him in a full-time role.
Looking forward to 2015 – Herrmann is seen as a defensive specialist at Catcher, with the coaches and pitching staff liking the way he calls a ballgame. He has gotten some playing time at Right Field as well, making him a more versitile option than Pinto or Fryer. He has to show more at the plate to prove that he is not an offensive liability, however. That being said, with his abilities behind the plate and the versitility he brings, there is an excellent opportunity for him to be on the Minnesota Twins full time roster in 2015.
Next player that will be spotlighted on Who’s That Guy? will be Logan Darnell.
Until next time…