After being selected as a No. 1 draft pick (11th overall) in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by the Florida Marlins, outfielderJeremy Hermida was one of the most highly-touted prospects in the sport.
He made his major league debut on August 31, 2005 with the Marlins in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. In his first major league at-bat, Hermida belted a grand slam off of reliever Ray King, becoming just the second player in history to accomplish such a feat. He was the first to do it as a pinch-hitter.
Unfortunately, things just never really panned out the way many expected them to.
In parts of eight seasons in the majors, Hermida has hit .257 with 65 homeruns and 250 RBI in 632 career games. His best season came in 2007 with Florida when he hit .296 with 18 longballs, 63 RBI and 32 doubles.
“I came up with the Marlins and was with them from 2002 to 2009 so it was the only organization I knew,” Hermida said. “Since then it’s seems like I’ve bounced around the past few yea...