Drafted as the 11th overall pick in the 2002 first-year player draft, Jeremy Hermida looked to have a promising career. The Marlins placed him in the minor leagues where he was highly-touted as he flourished as a young outfielder. On August 31, 2005, Hermida made his major league debut for Florida against the St. Louis Cardinals. In the seventh inning, with the bases loaded, he got the call to pinch hit against the right-hander Alberto Reyes. Moments later, Hermida became the second player in history to hit a grand slam in his first major league at-bat.
The amazing feat accomplished by Hermida soothed the Marlins’ spirits. But unfortunately for everybody involved, the outfielder’s career would head downhill from there. Emerging in the bigs as part of a stacked 2006 rookie class, the organization had high expectations for Jeremy and his teammates. His performance was sub-par in ’06, but he was able to heat up in 2007 when he hit 18 home runs and batted .296. It is too bad that that was his best year in Florida. He was, however, an integral part of the 2009 Marlins team that made a late playoff push, but he was also, by all means, replaceable.
In November of 2009, the Fish found themselves rebuilding yet again, and Hermida was traded to the Boston Red Sox for two prospects. In Boston, he never regained a steady form, and was released with a month to go in the 2010 season. Days later, the Oakland Athletics signed Jeremy as a free agent, and he played with the A’s for the last month of the season. He was granted free agency following the 2010 season, and he signed with the Cincinnati Reds prior to Spring Training in 2011. With his career still dwindling, the Reds placed Hermida on waivers following the 2011 trade deadline, and he was picked up by the San Diego Padres, whom he plays for currently.
Jeremy Hermida recorded just 24 at bats in the spring of this year before he was placed on the disabled list for a right hip flexor sprain. He is just 28 years old, but it does not appear he will ever succeed the way he was scouted to do. Jeremy plays alongside another former Marlin, Cameron Maybin, in San Diego. Unlike Hermida, Maybin is flourishing in San Diego, and was inked for a 5-year extension this spring.
I’ll be visiting Petco Park in July, so hopefully I will be able to get some good pictures of both Maybin and Hermida to post here.