Saturday, February 19, 2005

Jeremy Hermida Report

Jeremy Hermida, OF, Florida Marlins
Drafted 11th Overall, 2002 Draft, HS, Marietta, GA
Bats L/Throws R
20 YO, 6'4", 200 lbs

Hermida is one of the better outfield prospects in baseball. He has outstanding plate discipline for a player his age and he has great all around ability with speed and a good batting stroke.

2004 Jupiter: .297/.377/.441, 17 2B, 10 HR, 42 BB, 73 K, 10 SB, 3 CS, 340 AB
Career: .281/.374/.399, 49 2B, 10 3B, 16 HR, 144 BB, 211 K, 44 SB, 8 CS, 992 AB

His power isn't what you want to see from a corner outfielder, but it is improving slowly. And the player I most closely associate with Hermida (Bobby Abreu) had almost exactly the same isolated slugging percentage at the same age in the same league, so I'm pretty optimistic about that.

A 19 year old playing above league average in the Florida State League is a good sign. Hermida's a good hitter already and I don't see any reason to think that he won't continue to improve in all phases of the game. How much power he develops will determine whether he's really a Bobby Abreu kind of lineup anchor or whether he's a really good leadoff/#2 hitter in the future.

ETA: Mid 2006
4 1/2 Stars

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