Jeff Hoffman

Jeffrey Robert Hoffman (born January 8, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He previously played for the Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds. Hoffman played college baseball at East Carolina University.

Jeff Hoffman
Hoffman with the Rockies in 2018
Free agent
Pitcher
Born: (1993-01-08) January 8, 1993
Latham, New York
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 20, 2016, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through 2022 season)
Win–loss record15–21
Earned run average5.68
Strikeouts321
Teams

Early career

High school

Hoffman attended Shaker High School in Latham, New York, and played for their baseball team as a pitcher. In his junior year, he pitched to a 7–0 win–loss record. In Hoffman's senior year, he led Shaker High School to their first Section II Class AA title game since 2002 against town rival Colonie High School. Hoffman pitched seven shutout innings, 101 pitches and struck out nine.[1] He struggled to be noticed by college baseball programs in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I, as his fastball averaged 82–83 miles per hour (132–134 km/h). Hoffman pitched in Connie Mack Baseball during the offseason to attract attention from college programs, where his fastball improved to 92 miles per hour (148 km/h). This led to his signing a letter of intent with East Carolina University (ECU), a Division I school in Conference USA.[2]

College

During his freshman year with the East Carolina Pirates baseball team in 2012, Hoffman started 10 of the 19 games in which he appeared, posting a 3–2 record, one save, a 3.67 earned run average (ERA), and struck out 55 batters in 72+23 innings pitched.[3] East Carolina reached the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I baseball tournament.

During the 2013 season Hoffman posted a 6–7 record, a 3.20 ERA, led the Pirates with 109+23 innings pitched and 84 strikeouts, was named to the All-Conference USA second team, and was added to the Golden Spikes Award watch list.[3][4] In his junior year at ECU, Hoffman went 3–3 with a 2.94 ERA before suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.[5]

In 2012 and 2013, Hoffman played collegiate summer baseball for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), where he was named a league all-star in 2012, and received the league's Outstanding Pro Prospect award in 2013.[6][7][8][9][10]

Professional career

Toronto Blue Jays

Hoffman was considered to be one of the best prospects available in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft, with the potential to be selected first overall, before his injury lowered his draft stock.[11] The Toronto Blue Jays selected Hoffman in the first round, with the ninth overall selection,[12] and he signed with Toronto on July 2 for the full bonus slot value of $3.1 million.[13][14] Though unable to pitch, Hoffman was assigned to the Rookie Gulf Coast League Blue Jays for the 2014 season. He began throwing off a mound in February 2015,[15] and made his professional debut with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Advanced-A Florida State League on May 20.[16] Hoffman's fastball reached 99 miles per hour (159 km/h) during his first start.[17] After making 11 starts with Dunedin, the Blue Jays promoted Hoffman to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Double-A Eastern League.[18] He made his first start for New Hampshire on July 18, pitching a career-high 6+13 innings and allowing two earned runs.[19]

Colorado Rockies

On July 28, the Blue Jays traded Hoffman, José Reyes, Miguel Castro, and Jesús Tinoco, to the Colorado Rockies for Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins.[20] Hoffman was assigned to the New Britain Rock Cats of the Eastern League following the trade.[21] Hoffman began the 2016 season with the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.[22] He was selected to appear in the 2016 All-Star Futures Game.[23] Hoffman made his major league debut for the Rockies on August 20.[24] Hoffman continued to remain in the rotation for the remainder of the season, finishing with a record of 0-4. The following season, he split time between the AAA level and the Rockies rotation. He was 6–5 with an ERA of 5.89 in 23 games, 16 starts. In 2018, Hoffman spent the majority of the season at the AAA level, only making 6 appearances for the Rockies. In 2019, Hoffman was 2–6 with a 6.56 ERA in 15 starts. In 2020, Hoffman was used exclusively out of the bullpen and in the shortened season, he struggled to a career worst 9.28 ERA in 16 games.

Cincinnati Reds

On November 25, 2020, the Colorado Rockies traded Hoffman and Case Williams to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Jameson Hannah and Robert Stephenson.[25] On November 15, 2022, Hoffman was designated for assignment. On November 18, he was non tendered and became a free agent.

References

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  5. Axisa, Mike (May 7, 2014). "Report: Top draft prospect Jeff Hoffman needs Tommy John surgery". cbssports.com. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  6. Allen, James (July 8, 2012). "Cape Cod ball has area flavor". Times Union. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
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  12. Nicholson-Smith, Ben (June 5, 2014). "Jays draft RHP Hoffman, C Pentecost in first round". Sportsnet. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  13. Ross, Jaime (July 2, 2014). "Blue Jays sign first rounders Hoffman, Pentecost". MLB.com. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  14. Dakers, Tom (July 2, 2014). "Blue Jays sign their first round draft picks". bluebirdbanter.com. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  15. Nicholson-Smith, Ben (February 12, 2015). "Recovering Jays prospect Hoffman throwing again". Sportsnet. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  16. Davidi, Shi (May 11, 2015). "Top Blue Jays prospect Hoffman set for pro debut". Sportsnet. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  17. Seiner, Jake (May 20, 2015). "Blue Jays' Hoffman hits 99 in pro debut: 2014 first-rounder returns from Tommy John surgery with Dunedin". MiLB.com. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  18. Nicholson-Smith, Ben (July 14, 2015). "Jays promoting top prospect Hoffman to double-A". Sportsnet. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  19. "Fisher Cats Rally, Stun Sea Dogs 5–4 in 11". milb.com. July 18, 2015. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  20. Chisholm, Gregor (July 28, 2015). "Tulo Toronto-bound; Rockies get Reyes". MLB.com. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
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  22. "Colorado Rockies prospect Jeff Hoffman pitches six shutout innings in Triple-A debut for Albuquerque Isotopes". MiLB.com. April 9, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  23. "Rockies prospects Jeff Hoffman, Raimel Tapia named to All-Star Futures Game". The Denver Post. June 28, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  24. Saunders, Patrick (August 19, 2016). "Top prospect Jeff Hoffman to make Rockies pitching debut vs. Cubs". The Denver Post. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  25. "Reds get Hoffman, top 30 prospect in trade". MLB.com.
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