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Hoffman Looks Solid As Rock Cats Fall 5-2

(Gabe Rodriguez)

Jeff Hoffman made his fifth start with the New Britain Rock Cats on Monday night. (Gabe Rodriguez)

The New Britain Rock Cats fell to the Bowie Baysox 5-2 on Monday night but with over 3,000 in attendance at New Britain Stadium, fans had the opportunity to see one of baseball’s most anticipated and talented players Jeff Hoffman make his fifth start with the team.

The 22 year old pitched six innings allowing two runs on five hits while striking out three and walking just one.

The right-hander was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft, ninth overall while playing at East Carolina University. The MLB ranked Hoffman as the third best prospect in the Blue Jays Organization and 87th overall at the start of the 2015 season. Hoffman suffered a UCL injury in his elbow that required Tommy John Surgery  when he was a junior in college which many believed dropped many team’s interests.

But, the Jays dealt Hoffman along with Jose Reyes, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco to the Colorado Rockies as part of the Troy Tulowitzki trade.

Hoffman spent the majority of the 2015 with High-A Dunedin after his debut in May of 2015. He went 3-3 with the D-Jays with a 3.21 ERA in eleven starts. Before being traded he made had been promoted to Double-A New Hampshire where he made just two starts in his short time there where in 11.2 innings he recorded a 1.54 ERA and allowed just two runs.

In his first start with the Rock Cats on August 1  he went just four and two thirds allowing six hits and three runs but still struck out six.

His fastball has reached a high 99 this season with a strong command and a curveball  that sees about 80 and a changeup that sits around the low 80s.

Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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