Talking Jeff Hoffman’s 2nd Start With Blue Jays Broadcaster
Last night, Shaker High School graduate Jeff Hoffman made his second professional start for the Dunedin Blue Jays.
The 2014 No. 9 overall draft pick took the loss on Tuesday night, throwing 4.1 innings, surrendering 10 hits and four earned runs. He had one walk and struck out four.
Blue Jays broadcaster Marshall Kelner joined us today to talk about Hoffman's second start. He says the start was much better than the end numbers indicated.
"Of the 10 hits he allowed, only three or four at most were hit hard. And that's being kind," he said.
Furthermore, Kelner said that Hoffman's velocity was still in the 98-99 MPH range and that he did a better job keeping the ball down in the zone.
Also, Hoffman is featuring a good variety of secondary pitches which is essential to his development.
"The curveball is clearly going to be his out pitch," he said.
While Kelner could not shed any light on the timetable for Hoffman's progression through the minor leagues, he did say that Hoffman's stuff is among the best that they have seen in the Florida State League.