Thursday, December 5, 2013

Jeff Hoffman listed No. 2 for 2014 MLB Draft

Shaker grad Jeff Hoffman has made it quite clear that he will play professional baseball.

In his junior season at East Carolina University, Hoffman has gone from good to great. The past two years he has starred in the Cape Cod summer league and his fastball sits in the mid-90s.

On Wednesday, Hoffman was listed as the No. 2 prospect before the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

The MLB Draft takes place on Thursday, June 5. The typical format would have to first two rounds take place on the first day, so Hoffman will likely be off the board before the weekend comes. Rounds 3-10 are on Friday and the remaining 30 rounds take place on Saturday.

 Here is a look at a mock draft, where Hoffman is take second by the Miami Marlins. 

Here is a story I wrote about Hoffman, in May, when he was pitching during his sophomore season with the Pirates. 

Below is what is saying about the right-hander, who was named The Record's Player of the Year, in 2011, when he helped Shaker reach the New York State Class AA title game.

Jeff Hoffman
Rank: 2
East Carolina, Junior
Height: 6'4", Weight: 185
Position: RHP
DOB: 1/8/1993
Bats: R, Throws: R
Twitter: @hoff_23
Prev. drafted: Never
Scouting Grades* (future): Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 65 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 60 | Overall: 70 Hoffman went undrafted as a senior at an upstate New York high school in 2011, but he drew six-figure free-agent offers from pro teams after starring that August at the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, N.M. He stamped himself as a potential 2014 first-rounder when he hit 95 mph during the 2012 Cape Cod League All-Star Game, and reaffirmed that status with another strong performance in the Cape this summer.
Hoffman hasn't fully grown into his lanky 6-foot-4 frame, yet he already works in the mid-90s and hits 98 mph with his fastball. His big-breaking curveball can be equally devastating, and while his changeup lacks consistency, it can be a plus pitch at times. He throws a decent amount of strikes but will need to refine his command to become a frontline starter in the big leagues.
If anyone will dethrone North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon as the No. 1 overall choice in the 2014 Draft, it likely will be Hoffman.

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