Next up for the Pittsburgh Pirates top 30 prospects of 2019 is outfielder Jack Herman
In the 30th round of the 2018 MLB Draft the Pittsburgh Pirates selected outfielder Jack Herman. The Pirates selected Herman out of Eatern High School in Vorhees, New Jersey. After signing quickly, the right-handed hitting Herman played for the Gulf Coast League Pirates in 2018.
After he slashed .340/.435/.489 with the GCL Pirates, Neal Huntington and company were aggressive with Herman in 2019. Despite him being just 19-years-old, he went to full season Low-A Greensboro. With the Grasshoppers, Herman went on to have a fantastic season.
In 75 games player Herman accumulated 300 plate appearances. In these 300 PAs Herman slashed .257/.340/.464. He owned a 9.3% walk rate, 134 wRC+, .367 wOBA, and a 10.2% extra base hit rate.
Herman also flashed some serious raw power. His ISO was an impressive .208 and he hit 13 home runs for the Grasshoppers.
Herman did not make his debut for Greensboro until June 1st. This is why he had just 300 plate appearances with Greensboro this season. Also, due to this, he will likely begin the 2020 season back with Greensboro. This will lead to Herman accumulating more PAs and games with Greensboro in 2020.
112 games into his professional career Herman owns a .286/.374/.473 slash line. He’s walked in 10.9% of his at bats, struck out 23.9% of the time, he owns a 144 wRC+, and an extra base hit rate of 10.1%. So far, he looks like a hitting machine.
If Herman can continue to hit in 2020 the way he has in the first two years of his professional career, he should have an opportunity to reach High-A Bradenton next season. 112 games into his professional career, Herman is looking like a late round gem for the Pirates.