Chris Herrmann spent the 2017 season in a sort of three-headed catching platoon with Chris Iannetta and Jeff Mathis while also serving as a reserve outfielder (24 games). He had a woeful year at the plate, slashing .181/.273/.345 with a brutal .207 BABIP. The 30-year-old did smack the most home runs of his six-year major-league career with 10, though that number is wholly uninspiring given the league-wide power surge. He walked at a good clip (11.9 percent), but also struck out in 26.2 percent of his plate appearances and actually wound up with fewer hits this past year than he did in 2016 despite logging 90 additional plate appearances. The Diamondbacks tendered Herrmann a contract for 2018, so he will be back to fill a similar role, but it's a stretch to think he'll return positive value in mixed leagues. Those scouring for a second catcher in 15-teamers should be able to do better than Herrmann.
Herrmann agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million deal with the Diamondbacks on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports. He receives a modest raise over the $937,000 he earned in his first year of arbitration. Herrmann will compete with Jeff Mathis and John Ryan Murphy for starts behind the dish this season, while also getting the occassional start in the outfield. He has enough power to be a viable second catcher in two-catcher NL-only leagues, but that's the extent of his realistic fantasy value in 2018.
Herrmann went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Marlins. Nearly 25 percent of Herrmann's hits this season have been long balls, but because he's only logged 39 hits in 221 at-bats, his power production hasn't carried much weight. He's seen his at-bats pick up behind primary catcher Chris Iannetta in the last several weeks with Jeff Mathis out with a fractured hand, but Herrmann isn't a lock to be included on the postseason roster. Mathis is expected to be activated from the 10-day disabled list by next weekend and is a superior defensive backstop, which may give the Diamondbacks little incentive to carry a third catcher in Herrmann, especially while he's struggled to produce consistent offense this season.
Herrmann went 1-for-5 with a stolen base and a run in Wednesday's 13-7 win over the Padres. With five stolen bases in just 247 plate appearances this season, Herrmann has provided a surprising impact in that area relative to most backup catchers. However, a .174 batting average has dampened the impact of most of the counting-stats production Herrmann has delivered in a part-time role this season, making him someone best left on the waiver wire even in most deeper settings.
Herrmann started at catcher and went 1-for-4 in the Diamondbacks' 8-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday. Herrmann was making just his fourth start of the month and probably won't be in line for expanded at-bats in the final weeks of the season with Chris Iannetta thriving as the Diamondbacks' primary backstop. It's been a rough season for Herrmann, whose .173 batting average has mostly offset the impact of his career-high nine home runs in 236 plate appearances.
Herrmann went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Dodgers. With nine home runs in 220 plate appearances this season, Herrmann has provided decent pop for a catcher-eligible player, but that's about the only positive takeaway from what's otherwise been a dismal campaign. Among players with 200-plus plate appearances, Herrmann's .170 average is the second-worst mark in baseball, ahead of only Danny Espinosa (.164).