College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be counting down the players day-by-day until we reach number 1.
Number 57 on our Top 100 Countdown is East Carolina’s Jeff Hoffman. The 6’4 right-handed pitcher from Latham, New York spent his summer playing for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the prestigious Cape Cod League.
During his freshman season in 2012, Hoffman saw action in 19 games for the Pirates, 10 of which he started. He posted a record of 3-2 with an ERA of 3.67 in 73.2 innings pitched, holding opponents to a .224 batting average. Hoffman had a fantastic summer with the Harbor Hawks where he went 2-1 posting an ERA of 2.40, with 30 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched. His success earned him a spot on the West team of the 2012 Cape Cod League All Star Game where he pitched a scoreless inning. Hoffman was the only freshman to pitch in the All Star Game.
From a scouting perspective, Hoffman’s success in the Cape spoke volumes. His repertoire includes a fastball that sits at about 96 along with two more strong pitches in his curve and change up. Although not draft eligible until 2014, the hype around Hoffman continues to rise as some see Hoffman as a potential first rounder in 2014. With another two seasons of college ball left until then, East Carolina fans have a lot to look forward to in Hoffman, who is one of the top players to watch for during the 2013 season.
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