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Former top prospect Jeremy Hermida may be headed to Japan

Nov 9, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Not so fast, apparently. Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Yomiuri Giants have been in contact with Hermida, but no contract has actually be signed.

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Jeremy Hermida was once a top prospect for the Marlins, ranking fourth on Baseball America‘s list of the best prospects in the game back in 2006, but he never developed beyond a decent role player and now he’s headed to Japan at age 27.

Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker passes along a Japanese report that Hermida has signed with the Yomiuri Giants, who this year had former major leaguers Brian Bannister, Seth Greisinger, Jonathan Albaladejo, Michael Nakamura, Alex Ramirez, Rusty Ryal, and Josh Fields on their roster.

Hermida spent most of this season at Triple-A in the Reds’ system, hitting .319 with17 homers and a .924 OPS in 105 games, and also played 30 games in the majors with Cincinnati and San Diego. He’s a career .257 hitter with a .749 OPS, so there certainly could be a place for him as a part-time player on a lot of teams, but Hermida can make more money in Japan and has a chance to become a star there while he’s still relatively young.

  1. xpensivewinos - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    With the borderline joke lineups the Padres rolled out there last year, you’re telling me this guy couldn’t start in San Diego? He’s better than almost anyone they have on their team. Weird.

    • vanmorrissey - Nov 9, 2011 at 3:08 PM

      Uh, sorry, no he’s not. He’s a whiff machine which is in direct contrast to what the Padres are striving to attain. And he’s not that great a fielder either. Last thing they need in another strikeout leader who has nothing to add defensively either.

      • dbsandgbs98 - Nov 10, 2011 at 1:32 AM

        Okay, so he is another Mark Reynolds. He can join him in Baltimore and the O’s can re-create the 2009 and 2010 D-Backs.
        “A whiff, whiff here and a whiff, whiff there. Here a tater. There a tater. Everywhere an error, error.”

  2. Kyle - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Kind of surprised by this. Still thought Hermida had a chance to be a viable starter in the Bigs.

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