IPI Inbox: When Does Herrmann Get His Chance?
As a reminder, the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft starts this coming Monday evening (June 7th). This site will be very active and crazy next week as each pick is announced and information on the players is posted. Be sure to check in often next week for all the news and information on the new Tribe farmhands. There will be lots of information to get out with flash analysis as the picks are made as well as tons of post-draft analysis and firsthand scouting information provided from talks with the Indians or scouts around the league.
Onto the Inbox...
Mike M. wrote: Any idea when Frank Herrmann might get his opportunity? How long are we going to see Peralta at 3B? Do you foresee Jordan Brown getting an opportunity the second half of the season?
Me: Herrmann at some point is going to get a chance. The same can be said of the likes of Josh Tomlin, Jordan Brown, Wes Hodges, and others at the Triple-A level who have yet to make their big league debut. Now that June 1st has come and gone we will likely see some movement very soon with bringing up some fresh, young faces to replace some of the old, veteran faces peppered all throughout the big league team at the moment.
In the case of Herrmann, he is in the unfortunate position where the Indians have some bullpen depth and several relievers on the 40-man roster at Triple-A Columbus who could still get a call before him (Jess Todd, Aaron Laffey and Joe Smith). Herrmann, as well as Josh Tomlin, will no doubt at some point get a chance to pitch in the big leagues, but it remains to be seen how aggressive the Indians will be in promoting them. It is probably time to pull the plug on Jamey Wright in the big league bullpen and give Herrmann his shot, one he has earned now with 27.2 consecutive scoreless innings and 19 appearances overall where he is 3-0 with a 0.31 ERA for Columbus. He may have been the benefit of some luck along the way with his numbers to date, but you can