Originally written on Baseball Musings  |  Last updated 11/10/11
Frank Herrmann pitches in relief for the Cleveland Indians. As a graduate of Harvard College, he’s one of my favorite players. Herrmann’s strength as a pitcher is his control. He allowed just 16 walks this season in 56 1/3 innings, and for his major league career he walked 25 in 101 innings, one every four innings. Herrmann does give up a ton of hits, however. While his strikeout rate is low, it’s not so low that it would lead to his .302 BA allowed in 2011. Instead, batters but nearly 25% of balls in play as line drives against Frank. Once problem might be Frank’s near exclusive use of his fastball, throwing it nearly 80% of the time. At 94 MPH, it’s good, but not an over-powering pitch, and he’ll need to start mixing in his slider more to keep the hitters honest, or develop a change up.
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