December 30, 1982 |
Trenton, New Jersey
|August 23, 2006 for the Baltimore Orioles|
Last MLB appearance
|September 26, 2011 for the Minnesota Twins|
|Earned run average||7.02|
James Urban "Jim" Hoey (born December 30, 1982) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He is known mainly for his fastball, which he throws consistently between 95 and 98 mph; he did strike a batter out on a 100 mph fastball while playing for the Bowie Baysox. In addition to the fastball, he throws a slider and changeup.
Hoey returned to the Trenton area in his sophomore year of high school and played for the Hamilton High School West varsity baseball team. In his senior year of high school, Hoey helped the team to win the NJSIAA Group III state championship with a 13-1 season. This was the school's first championship in its 70-year history. James walked away with 131 strike outs and a 0.48 ERA. In honor of James's prior accomplishments and his rapid success through the minor-league system, Hamilton High West retired his number during a formal ceremony on February 1, 2007. He played college baseball for Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
During the 13th round of the June 2003 MLB amateur draft, the Orioles organization drafted Hoey out of Rider University and signed him on June 11. Initially, Rider University was using him as a starting pitcher. As a starter, Hoey had a 2.79 ERA for the rookie-level Bluefield Orioles and also made 15 starts for the Aberdeen IronBirds in 2004.  He missed the rest of 2004 and most of 2005 due to Tommy John surgery; the surgery, as well as maturing, allowed him to gain three miles per hour on his fastball. Upon returning from the surgery, he became a relief pitcher. He pitched fifteen innings as a reliever in the short-season Class A New York-Penn League for the Aberdeen IronBirds in 2005 and started 2006 in the South Atlantic League with the Delmarva Shorebirds. He became Delmarva's closer at the start of the season; from there, he started a rapid ascent through the Orioles' minor-league system, receiving call-ups to the high-Class A Frederick Keys and the Class AA Bowie Baysox before the end of the minor-league season. Across the three levels, he combined for 33 saves and a 2.28 ERA; he allowed three home runs, struck out 73 batters, and walked 18 in 511⁄3 innings of work. He was called up to the Orioles on August 23, 2006, and made his first appearance with them against the Minnesota Twins. Early in the 2008 season it was announced that Hoey would undergo arthroscopic shoulder surgery and miss the entire year. He began the 2009 season with the Bowie Baysox.
On December 12, 2011, Hoey was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. Hoey started the 2012 season with the Blue Jays AAA affililate Las Vegas 51s. The International League transaction page for October 10 shows that Hoey elected free agency.
- WZBN Video Vault - Former Bronc Hoey to Have Number Retired at Hamilton West on February 1, 2007, Rider University, January 15, 2007. Accessed October 22, 2007. "Former Bronc and current Baltimore Oriole James Hoey will have his number retired by Hamilton West High School on February 1, 2007."
- "Jim Hoey Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
- Twins recall RHP Hoey, option RHP Jeff Manship to Rochester, ESPN Radio, April 17, 2011.
- Brewers sign Jim Hoey to minor league contract
- Franklin, Paul (November 2, 2012). "MLB pitcher, Hamilton alumn Jim Hoey to host golf tournament". Ttimes of Trenton. New Jersey On-Line LLC. Retrieved 2012-11-03.