I am quite sure I will get tons of hate for this post, but Jeremy Hermida is an above replacement right fielder, in the right situation. Hermida is still only 26 years old. He hasn't even reach his peak or prime year yet, 27.
Hermida for the Marlins in '07 as a 23 year old.
Plate appearances: 484 - Hits: 127 Doubles:32 WALKS 47 and OPS - .870
Not too shabby.
Yes i know this was three years ago, but a lot has happened since then. The Marlins continue to stiff their managers, their fans and just confuse the entire world of baseball. Hermida being cast off to the talent rich Red Sox was a move that I personally didn't understand for one, and as I figured, didn't work out for either Hermida or the Sox.
Hermida in Kansas City. The potential here is pretty good in my opinion. Jeremy would not only get to play everyday, but would likely get back to being an above replacement outfielder. He's still young enough to dig in and play everyday, and improve. The small market of KC is also an attractive thing for Hermida. He will be playing with other youngsters and he can provide some of his personal experiences to the Royals up and coming prospects.
The five reasons:
1. The Royals play in a small market, and Hermida did his best work in Miami, with an average attendance of less than 10,000 per game.
2. Hermida can play everyday in right field, or left.
3. Hermida has proven to be a disciplined hitter with some power, a good arm, good speed and good range.
4. Hermida is still considered a bust by many, but I honestly believe he has not been given a fair shake. In KC, Hermida would actually get AB's
5. His contract is nominal, he's in AAA and the Royals have so many (?) type prospects and players, that a deal could easily be worked out. I'd give the Red Sox Betancourt tomorrow if we can land Hermida.