Colorado Rockies: The top 25 players under 25 years old
6 Jeff Hoffman
He’s higher than Senzatela despite starting this year at Triple-A because Hoffman could still turn into an ace. His stuff is for real and it’s already proven that it can get big league hitters out. He needs to work on the mental side of the game, mechanics and his command.
He came into last season as a consensus top 100 prospect in the game. He had a four start stretch from May to June that proved why. Allowing just one run per start while throwing at least five innings, topping with a nine-strikeout, no-walk performance in San Deigo where he allowed just three hits over 89 pitches in seven innings.
He ended up with just under 100 big league innings and he’s slowly ramped up his innings count each year since coming off of Tommy John Surgery. He finished at 150 counting his time in Triple-A. He’s likely the first call if the Rockies have extended injury to any pitcher in the rotation, just like he was last year when Jon Gray went down. Hoffman has oodles of potential but needs to get a chance to prove it. This is a big year for Hoffman and the leash should be completely off. He is the guy that can force his way into the rotation. In fact, he kind of already did it last year.