Hoffman’s First “W”

By on May 31, 2015

 

EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO

EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO

DUNEDIN, FLA.–Toronto Blue Jays first round pick (ninth overall) in the June 2014 draft Jeff Hoffman got his first professional win on Sunday with five shutout innings against the Tampa Yankees.
Hoffman allowed two hits, walked none and struck out three on 52-pitches just one year and 17-days after having “Tommy John Surgery”. One of the two hits Hoffman allowed was a first inning double by New York Yankees infielder Branden Ryan (right calf) who was making his first rehab start for Tampa.
“I just got my change up working early,” said Hoffman of his previous two pro starts that saw him go 0-1 with a 7.71 era. “And I had command of all three pitches coming out of the gate you get the other guys guessing.”
Hoffman was ask about his fast ball at 95-96 MPH with a curve at 79 MPH the effect it had. “Being able to spin the change up in there when ever you want it. Three pitches you got guys going back to the dugout knowing you have got three pitches for strikes then basically they are guessing, it’s a lot of fun to pitch.”
Dunedin pitching coach Vince Horstman had the answer to Hoffman’s success on Sunday as to his other two starts. “He used his change up and his change up was better.”
The 22 year old was ask if this is almost like the start of the season for him after the long layoff and rehab?
“It felt like I was just in a long, long spring training, they call it extended spring training but getting out and getting to pitch against another team it’s a different feeling. I’m just glad to be out there.”
RHP Alberto Triado relieved Hoffman and threw four shutout innings to record the save of a 9-0 Dunedin win.
Hoffman is scheduled to be back on the mound for his next start on June 5th.

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