4) Jeff Hoffman – RHP
Date of Birth: January 8th, 1993
Height/Weight: 6’4”/ 185 pounds
Acquired: 2015 Trade with the Toronto Blue Jays
The final player of the trio received from the Toronto Blue Jays for Troy Tulowitzki, RHP Jeff Hoffman clearly has the highest potential upside of all three. Despite being the key piece of that trade, and being a first round draft pick in 2014, Hoffman does come with his share of question marks. Hoffman missed most of his first year of professional ball after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and only has limited experience in professional ball up to this point. Hoffman split time between high A ball and Double A ball with the Blue Jays, and appeared in Double A for the Rockies in the second half of the season. In 11 starts in high A ball, Hoffman had a 3.21 ERA over 56 innings pitched. In Double A for Toronto, Hoffman had only two starts prior to being traded, finishing with a 1.54 ERA. Finally, in seven starts with the Colorado Rockies Double A affiliate, Hoffman pitched to an ERA 3.22, with a good increase in strikeouts but also an increase in walks.
Above all else, Hoffman is known for throwing hard, consistently reaching the mid-90s and hitting as high as 98 mph on the radar gun. Behind his fastball, he has a strong curveball that has the potential to be just as good as his fastball, with a changeup as his third pitch. Hoffman has had some degree of struggles with command, but scouts hope that those issues will fix themselves as he develops further into his frame. Hoffman just adds to the collection of flame throwing starters that the Rockies are adding to their minor league system. If Hoffman is able to return to his college performance prior to his Tommy John surgery, he gives the Rockies yet another high upside, impact arm for their future.
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