In 2016 Jimmy Herget established himself as one of, if not the top relief prospect in the organization after dominating for Daytona. The Reds sent him out to Pensacola to begin the 2017 season and he picked up where he left off the season before. Over his first five appearances he allowed just two baserunners and struck out 13 of the 19 batters he faced in 6.0 shutout innings. Each outing had multiple strikeouts. Herget continued his shutout appearance streak into the third week of the season against Jacksonville with back-to-back shutout innings with a strikeout each. He ran into some struggles in the final week of April, though, allowing four runs in 5.0 innings. The right hander made 11 appearances with a 2.77 ERA in 13.0 innings with five walks and 23 strikeouts for the Blue Wahoos during the month.

After pitching on the final day of April, Jimmy Herget didn’t appear in a game until May 6th. He threw a perfect inning against Chattanooga with two strikeouts. He didn’t pitch again for five more days, throwing another 2.0 shutout innings. The first half of the month saw him make just three appearances. The second half of May saw more frequent action. Herget pitched in six games in the final two weeks of the month and allowed just one run in 7.1 innings. For May he posted a 0.79 ERA in 11.1 innings with four walks and 15 strikeouts.

June began well enough for Jimmy Herget with three straight shutout outings. It was his 4th outing of the month that put a real damper on things. On June 10th he allowed four earned runs while recording just one out. That would be his last appearance for Pensacola. Herget was promoted to Triple-A, but went nine days between appearances. The first outing with Louisville was good for 2.0 perfect frames and four strikeouts. The final four games of the month saw the righty throw 3.2 shutout innings with a walk and three strikeouts. That final game with Pensacola ballooned his ERA for the month to 4.38 on the month in 12.1 innings with four walks and 16 strikeouts.

Jimmy Herget continued the strong finish of June into the first three weeks of July. He only made five appearances, going 10 days between outings on July 6th and the 16th. In the final week of the month he would hit a bump in the road, allowing runs in two of the four games. On the 27th he allowed three runs in 0.1 innings, which was the big blow to his ERA during the month. Herget saw his strikeouts disappear during the month with just five in 11.0 innings to go with a 3.27 ERA.

The final full month of the season got out to a strong start for Jimmy Herget. His first four outings he tossed a shutout inning in each appearance. Over the next week things didn’t go as well for the former South Florida pitcher, though. He allowed five runs in three appearances. His outing on the 19th was the last time he gave up a run on the season. Herget closed out the year with six consecutive shutout appearances that spanned 7.0 innings. Over the final five weeks he posted a 3.14 ERA in 14.1 innings with 13 strikeouts and five walks.

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Jimmy Herget Scouting Report

Fastball | Most nights Jimmy Herget is throwing 91-94 MPH from a low 3/4 arm angle, almost sidearmed. Every so often he brings in the fastball in the 96 or 97 MPH range. The pitch shows good movement on the horizontal plane.

Slider | Herget’s slider works in the low 80’s. It’s an above-average offering that has more of a sweeping movement to it than a hard, downward break.

Jimmy Herget has dominated his way through the minor leagues, but he had some setbacks of sorts when he reached Triple-A. His strikeout rate dropped significantly at the level and he showed big splits, too. Against right handers in 20.2 innings he had a 0.87 ERA for the Bats. But against lefties his ERA was 6.94 in 11.2 innings. Small sample size issues are rampant there, but he did allow three home runs and had just eight strikeouts in that span.

He will generally throw strikes and his slider can be a put away pitch, particularly against right handers. There are some questions, though, about how effective he can be against lefties. His high fly ball rate could also be a little bit of a concern in a ballpark like Great American where fly balls tend to find the seats. His profile is that of a 7th inning reliever. Craftiness could allow his stuff to play up a little bit – he’ll change his timing to the plate, pause in the middle of his wind up, and alter his arm angle a little bit at times to mess with the hitter.