Colorado Rockies: Top 10 Prospect Update
3. Jeff Hoffman
As the prized catch of the Troy Tulowitzki trade, Hoffman has a lot of expectations to live up to. Armed with a mid-to-high 90s fastball, Hoffman also has one of the best curveballs in the minors. Back in 2014 Hoffman was being considered for the number one pick in the draft, but ultimately hurt his elbow and had to have Tommy John surgery which dropped him to be selected ninth overall.
In 2016 Hoffman has been knocking on the door of the big leagues all season long. As of recently however, the long season has appeared to take a toll on Hoffman as he has struggled lately with consistency and seen his ERA balloon to 4.20 when he was in the mid 3.00s most of the season. In 113.2 innings pitched, Hoffman has struck out 115 batters (should be higher with his stuff).
It appeared Hoffman would be called up shortly after the All-Star break, but due to his inconsistencies of late and the fact that the front office feels no need to rush, Hoffman will likely finish out his season in Albuquerque and compete for a rotation stop at Spring Training in 2017.
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