- Florida Marlins 2005 - present
Jeremy Ryan Hermida is a professional baseball player from the United States of America and plays as a left fielder. Hermida went to the Wheeler High School from where he was considered as one of the best players in the school level. In the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft, Hermida was picked at first overall by the Florida Marlins. The Marlins found a real gem in Hermida and in the minor league, he was the highest rated player for the Marlins in his rookie season. Hermida was always asked by his coaches to swing away without worrying about strikeouts.
Hermida had a spectacular eye throughout his minor league days and was almost brilliant in the strike zone. In September, 2005 the Marlins promoted Hermida to the Major League roster just in time for the post season run however the Marlins would lost 12 of their next 14 games to get eliminated from the playoffs.
After 23 games in 2005, with a .293 batting average, Hermida became a regular in the Marlins lineup and in his second season, played 99 games with a .251 batting average. 2007 was more pleasant in terms of the batting numbers however Hermida had a nightmare on the field with 9 errors, the highest amongst all right fielders. Hermida had a .296 batting average in 2007 and in 429 at-bats, he had 63 RBI and 18 home runs to his name.
By 2008, Hermida was a permanent fixture in the starting lineup and played in 142 games with 502 at-bats. His batting average, however, dropped to .249 as he hit just 17 home runs and 61 RBI.
Hermida’s greatest feat remains the grand slam home run that he hit on his very first at-bat for the Marlins in the MLB. Hermida was just the third player in the history of the sport to hit a grand slam home in his first game. What was even better was that he was only one of two players to ever do so at their very first at-bat in the majors while he became the one and only player in the history of the game to hit a grand slam home run, on his debut and on his very first at-bat, as a pinch hitter.