JACK HERMAN, CORNER OUTFIELDER
|Born: September 30, 1999
Drafted: 30th Round, 894th Overall, 2018
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Eastern HS (NJ)
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Pirates announced Herman as a center fielder. He has decent size and is strong, with a quick bat that generates good power. He’s also athletic with a good work ethic. Herman has a strong arm and runs well, so he should be able to play anywhere in the outfield. Baseball America ranked him as the ninth best draft prospect in New Jersey. He had a commitment to Maryland, but signed two weeks after the draft and will go to the GCL.
Herman had a strong debut, hitting for average and gap power, and controlling the strike zone well. He split his time between center and right, and had no errors.
Due to an injury, Herman stayed in extended spring training until the beginning of June, then went to Greensboro. With other center fielders present at different times, he divided his time evenly between the corners. He had 11 outfield assists in roughly half a season. Herman made an effort to get stronger in the off-season and it showed in a good ISO of .207. He may have been helped quite a bit, though, by the hitter’s park at Greensboro; he had nine HRs and a .563 SLG at home and four HRs and a .374 SLG on the road. He had only a slight platoon split. Strikeouts were obviously the main cost of the increased power, as his K rate roughly doubled from the previous year and his walk rate dropped.
The Pirates sent Herman initially to Greensboro and it didn’t go well at all. He spent a month struggling mightily to make contact, then the Pirates sent him to the FCL for a little. In mid-July he went to Bradenton for the balance of the season. He hit for a lot of power there; his slugging average would have been third in the league had he qualified and he finished seventh in the league in home runs despite playing less than half the season. He also struck out a lot. In the field, Herman played mostly in left.
Herman returned to Greensboro, where he hit better than the year before but not well. In mid-June, he suffered a leg injury when he ran into the outfield wall making an outstanding catch. He wasn’t able to return all year.
High A has been a roadblock for Herman so far. He should get another chance there in 2023.
|2023: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $50,000
MiLB Debut: 2018
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 6, 2018: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 30th round, 894th overall pick; signed on June 19.|