July 29, 2014

MLB News: Indians reportedly sign OF Jeremy Hermida

The Cleveland Indians have added to their stable of low-risk-with-potential-reward players by signing outfielder Jeremy Hermida.

Hermida, a former top prospect, provided a slash line of .250/.333/.375 across 27 plate appearances last season for the San Diego Padres. The 29-year-old left-hander was a first-round draft pick by the Florida Marlins. Baseball America rated Hermida as a top-30 prospect for three straight years, giving him the No. 4 overall ranking in 2006.

Fun fact: Hermida is the only player to hit a grand slam in his first major league at-bat as a pinch hitter. So there’s that.

This signing marks the second reclamation project for the Tribe this offseason. The team also signed Scott Kazmir, another once-top prospect who hit the skids earlier than anticipated. Hermida, naturally, never experienced as much success as Kazmir at the big-league level, but they were both regarded as elite prospects at one time before injuries got in the way.

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  • Garry_Owen

    Take that, all of you rotating DH naysayers!

  • mgbode

    hey, he may have not played in alot of games the past 6 years, but it was only because he is terrible. not because he was injured.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I doubt he makes the big league club, but he’s worth checking out. Injuries seem to have sapped his power and it looks like he’s going the way of Billy Beane.

  • Harv 21

    Mr. Glass Half Something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cb.everett.9 CB Everett

    Now for step 2, we just need to bookend this sweet little platoon with a call to one Jason Michaels. Fingers crossed!

  • nj0

    On the bus route that is the career of a top prospect who never made it, the Cleveland Indians are usually the last stop.

  • Jaker

    Ok, not bad

  • mgbode

    if it weren’t for back-handed compliments, then Mr. Hermida wouldn’t get any compliments at all.

  • FearTheRoo

    When do World Series tickets go on sale?!

    Remember in the words of the Great Shapiro, don’t go to the games if you only care about winning!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    First Capps now Hermida good to see the Indians normal MO is back. ;-)

  • Steve

    Why does this hackneyed joke only get applied to who the Indians sign? The Browns and Cavs have made more than their fair share of “whatever” type signings. And people sure as hell aren’t going to the game to see the latter two win.

  • woofersus

    And lots of teams make these kind of signings. It’s low risk and every organization believes they can fix something another organization couldn’t. It hardly matters in the larger picture of evaluating the Indians’ offseason.

  • dwhit110

    2nd reclamation project? What are we calling Matt Capps and Ryan Rayburn?