College : : Story
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Jeff Hoffman makes his pitch

Kendall Rogers        
ALSO SEE: College Top 25 | Midseason College Top 50 prospects



HOUSTON
– Many radar guns and even some Major League Baseball general managers present, East Carolina junior righthanded pitcher Jeff Hoffman, considered one of the top five overall prospects for the upcoming MLB draft, couldn't have had a much better audition to be the No. 1 overall pick to the Houston Astros.


Perhaps his performance in a win over Rice was a sign of things to come for Hoffman and the City of Houston. Maybe not. But either way, Hoffman was at his best when he, and especially the Pirates, needed him the most.


East Carolina has had a rather rocky 2014 campaign, which included a tough start. Along with the rest of the team struggling, those things wore off on Hoffman as well. There have been times this spring where he hasn't had command of his fastball, while in other instances he hasn't been sharp with his primary secondary offerings – a changeup and curveball.


Coincidentally, the Pirates have played much better the past few weeks. Hoffman's win over the Owls set the stage for a huge road weekend series, and coach Billy Godwin's Pirates now have won four-straight series. With each of those series wins, we've seen a more confident, crisper, Jeff Hoffman.

Jeff Hoffman was as good as it gets last week against Rice. (ECU photo)


“You know, I think I've gotten more comfortable with each outing this season,” Hoffman said. “I was listening to a podcast (with PG's Frankie Piliere included), and I heard them talking about me rushing my delivery and trying not to be so quick to home. I went to our pitching coach (Dan Roszel), and he agreed that I needed to slow things down a bit.


“As you saw, I think I fixed that today.”




This is PG 'College Baseball Ticket' Level content. You must be a subscriber to read the rest. Want to read more???

Click here for subscription info!



(Already a member? Just log in at the top of the page.)
Recent Related Articles
Top Recruiting Conferences
With the 2017-18 school year underway PG lists the top conferences based on the top 100 recruiting classes, which includes th... READ 
Top Freshmen by Conference
The top freshmen at the NCAA Division I level are now separated by conference, as the SEC once again should have a strong roo... READ 
Top Freshmen: JUCO, D-II, NAIA
Perfect Game continues to prepare college baseball fans for the 2018 season by breaking down the top freshmen at the Junior C... READ 
Top 400 Incoming Freshmen
Now that the 2017-18 school year has begun Perfect Game identifies the top 400 college freshmen that made it to campus, which... READ 
Updated Recruiting Rankings
With the udpated player rankings the recruiting rankings have also been updated for the 2018-19 year, and continue to be led ... READ 
Eight for Omaha 2018
A healthy return by slugger Luken Baker could help propel TCU back to Omaha for the fifth consecutive year as Mike Rooney loo... READ 
 

About Perfect Game :: Contact us :: Terms of Use :: Privacy Policy :: Site Map :: Testimonials
Copyright 1994-2017 by Perfect Game. All rights reserved. No portion of this information may be reprinted or reproduced without the written consent of Perfect Game.