Harvard's Frank Herrmann Shutting Down Major League Hitters

Pictured: Frank Herrmann, in action against the Boston Red Sox on June 10.
Photo Courtesy: Dan Mendlik, Cleveland Indians

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Former Harvard pitcher Frank Herrmann has been with the Cleveland Indians for just two weeks but has already established himself as the team’s go-to reliever out of the bullpen.

Before getting called up from the Columbus Clippers AAA team, Herrmann had been nearly untouchable out of the bullpen. In his last 27 2/3 innings, nobody had scored against the big righty and he graduated to the big leagues with a 3-0 record, two saves and a microscopic 0.31 ERA in 28 2/3 innings. He allowed just 15 hits and eight walks while striking out 22.

Since being called up, Herrmann has been just as dominant, increasing his scoreless streak to 35 innings before seeing the run come to a close when he left a game against Pitssburgh in the eighth inning and one of the base runners he was responsible for scored.

Through eight appearances, he threw 7.2 shutout innings before surrendering a run while striking out five, walking one and allowing just four hits. Among his appearances:

Herrmann struck out one in 1.1 hitless innings against the New York Mets on June 16; he threw 1.2 innings of one-hit relief over two outings on June 7 and 10 against the Boston Red Sox with a strikeout of David Ortiz; he threw 2.2 innings of one-hit relief with two strikeouts against the Chicago White Sox on June 4 and 6.