Former helper in the big league Frank Herrmann recently joined the Blue Jays’ front office, as first reported by FanGraphs’ David Laurila (on twitter). He will split his time between the scouting, player development and baseball operations departments.
Herrmann, 37, has appeared in parts of four major league seasons. He spent the 2010-12 season with the Indians, where his time as a player overlapped with Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro and general manager Ross Atkins in the Cleveland front office. The right-hander spent the next few seasons in Triple-A but returned to the Bigs in 2016 and played 14 games for the Phillies.
Over 135 1/3 MLB innings, Herrmann posted a 4.72 ERA. He hit out only 14.8% of batters faced but threw many strikes (5.8% walk rate). After the 2016 season, Herrmann moved to Japan. He signed with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball. He spent three years with the Eagles before joining the Chiba Lotte Marines, where he ended his playing career with two final seasons.
Herrmann was a prolific contributor at NPB. In his five seasons, he worked at a 3.02 ERA. That mark is somewhat overstated by a figure of 5.19 he posted last year, but Herrmann has posted an ERA of 3.04 or less in each of his first four seasons in Japan. A Harvard graduate, he will now move on to his post-playing days. Herrmann brings 16 years of professional gaming experience to his role in Toronto’s baseball operations.