Toronto Blue Jays
January 8, 1993 |
Cohoes, New York
Jeffrey Robert Hoffman (born January 8, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He previously played college baseball for East Carolina University. Named the best prospect in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2013, he was expected to be among the top selections in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. The Blue Jays drafted him with the ninth overall selection.
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. He struggled to be noticed by Division I college baseball programs, as his fastball averaged 82 to 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. He threw a shutout to lead Shaker in the championship game in 2011, his senior year.
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 2⁄3 innings pitched. East Carolina reached the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Baseball Tournament. That summer, Hoffman pitched for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL).
During the 2013 season Hoffman was named to the All-Conference USA second team, after pitching to a 6–7 record, a 3.20 ERA, and leading the Pirates with 109 2⁄3 innings pitched and 84 strikeouts. He was added to the Golden Spikes Award watch list, and while pitching for Hyannis again in the summer, he was named the CCBL's top prospect. 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.
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. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted him in the first round of the draft (9th overall), and he signed with Toronto on July 2, for the full bonus slot value of $3.1 million. Though unable to pitch, Hoffman was assigned to the Rookie Gulf Coast League Blue Jays for the 2014 season.
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