Frank Joseph Herrmann (born May 30, 1984), is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He previously played for the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of NPB.
Herrmann attended Montclair Kimberley Academy, where he played baseball, football, and basketball. He was one of the school's few thousand point scorers in basketball. In 2011, he was inducted into the MKA Athletic Hall of Fame.
For parts of the Spring and Fall 2006 semesters, Herrmann authored a column for The Harvard Crimson. He penned nine stories. The column functioned as a diary of his first year as a professional athlete. Though the editor's note before each article describes him as a "former Harvard" pitcher, the stories were written and published before he graduated from Harvard.
Herrmann received his degree in economics from Harvard University in the fall of 2006. He is the fifteenth player to play in the majors after going to Harvard. Jeff Musselman had been the last. As a junior, he pitched a two-hitter against Yale and a one-hitter against Cornell. At the time of his signing with Cleveland, he was not finished with his studies at Harvard, so the Indians allowed him to return to complete his requirements and finish his degree.
Herrmann was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Indians. Beginning in 2006, Herrmann played in minor league baseball with the Lake County Captains, Kinston Indians, Akron Aeros, Buffalo Bisons and the Columbus Clippers.
With the Aeros in 2008, Herrmann made 23 starts and, with his 11–6 regular season record and helped lead the team to the 2008 Eastern League championship series.
Hermann made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians June 4, 2010. In a game against the Chicago White Sox, he pitched 1.1 innings and gave up no hits, runs, or walks. He was credited with his first career hold, retiring all four batters he faced: Gordon Beckham, Juan Pierre, Omar Vizquel, and Alex Ríos. He struck out Vizquel for the first strikeout of his major league career.
On March 13, 2013, Herrmann underwent Tommy John surgery, causing him to miss the entire 2013 season.
On December 2, 2013, Herrmann signed a one-year deal with the Indians, avoiding arbitration. He was designated for assignment on March 30, 2014. He elected free agency on November 6, 2015.
Herrmann signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in November 2015, and was called up to the Phillies on August 17, 2016. He was outrighted on October 7, 2016
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
On November 29, 2016, Herrmann signed with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball.
On December 2, 2019, he become free agent.
Chiba Lotte Marines
On December 19, 2019, Herrmann signed with the Chiba Lotte Marines of NPB.
On December 2, 2020, Herrmann become a free agent. On December 15, 2020, he re-signed with the Marines.
Hermann married Johanna Nicole Rangel at the Harvard Memorial Chapel on November 6, 2010.
Former Youth Teams
Former Senior Teams
Former Club Staff