Only 9 months out from a Tommy John surgery that caused him to slide to 9th in the MLB draft, Jeff Hoffman is throwing from the mound again.
Both his agents at CAA Sports and Hoffman himself posted an Instagram video of the righty delivering from the mound. One would assume the post is a signal that he is on track to return sooner than is typically expected from Tommy John surgery.
Before the surgery, Hoffman was touching 99 mph with his fastball. He also throws a power slider, 12-to-6 curveball and change-up.
The Toronto Blue Jays believe they stole the East Carolina right-hander at the 9th spot. Before the injury, there were some who pegged him going as high as first overall. The injury happened in 16 strikeout, 117 pitch performance last April 17th against Middle Tennessee.
Hoffman was famously quoted in the New York Times before the draft saying: “Whatever team takes the so-called risk and drafts me is going to get the best player in the draft”.
Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos told the Fan590 in Toronto that he expects Hoffman to be activated for early May. As a 22-year-old college draftee, he should advance fast through the system with the ultimate hope that the 6’4” prospect is a top of the rotation starter.
Hoffman is ranked 87th on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects of 2015 list, the fourth highest of any Blue Jays prospect after Daniel Norris, Dalton Pompey and Aaron Sanchez, all three of whom are expected to go north with the Blue Jays at the end of spring training.