Jeff Hoffman – The Ace of the Cape
Jeff Hoffman is a 6’4″, 185 pound right-handed starter from Latham, NY. He plays collegiatly for the East Carolina Pirates and for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League. I have seen him pitch three times this season, the first of which was at beautiful Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, NC when the ECU Pirates opposed the University of Central Florida Golden Knights. On 5/16/2013, Jeff threw 8 innings, surrendered 6 hits, walked 6, struck out 5, and allowed 2 runs. The next two outings were on 7/4/2013 and 7/17/2013 during some Cape Cod League Baseball action at McKeon Park in Barnstable, MA. On July 4th, Hoffman went 6 innings, allowed 2 earned runs, 5 hits, 1 walk, and struck-out 8. On July 17th, he was even more impressive. That day, his final line was 7.2 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1BB, and 11 K.
Hoffman currently has a very thin frame. However, he possesses broad shoulders, and is flat-chested, so I think that added strength training would aid in his development as a quality starter with endurance. If you add in the fact that he has long arms and the baseball appears very small in his hands, Jeff has an excellent pitcher’s frame with room to add weight.
General Pitching Informaton
Hoffman is a power pitcher who generates good angle with his over the top delivery, I would describe his mechanics as very deliberate as opposed to free and easy or smooth. His delivery does require effort. I do not like how he jumps off his drive leg into front foot contact, but I do feel that he is athletic enough to recover from it. His arm action is not ideal either, Jeff wraps his arm behind his butt and is an elbow climber. The amount of energy he expends in his delivery does lead to some recoil. Overall, Hoffman’s mechanics are not a detriment to his delivery and is a very good athlete that these minor hiccups should not effect.
Hoffman’s fastball sat mostly 94-95 that flashed late dive. This late life is impressive; it is hard for a pitcher with an overhead arm action to possess any life. Including plus velocity and the ability to generate angle with his arm slot, late life creates an even harder fastball to hit. He featured a two-seamer at 93-95 and a cutter at 94. The two-seamer had the typical late bore, and the cutter was more of a biter than explosive.
Fastball: 70 / 80
Life: 50 / 55
His breaking ball is a power curve with hard action that comes in at 79-80 miles per hour. The curveball is very projectable and will turn into a MLB out pitch, if not borderline unhittable. The back-arm stab in his arm action led to Hoffman’s tendency to leave the curveball up and hurt his overall consistency. However, he showed the ability to bury for outs and pound the zone in the middle of counts.
Curveball: 55 / 65
Hoffman throws a circle change that sits 88-89. The change-up is very projectable as well. He throws it with deception and fade. A lot of avid fans will comment on his three plus-pitch ability. Jeff does an excellent job at replicating his arm speed and possessing deception, but, on occasion, he slowed his arm action in the back. The other reason that it is hard for me to say that his change-up currently is a plus MLB pitch is the lack of late dive.
Changeup: 35 / 40
OFP – 58
Has front of the rotation potential with better control. Failing that, he can become 2-pitch guy and be dominant late inning pitcher right now. In order to project better as a starter, Hoffman will need to add weight to maintain a higher inning count