4/2/23 : Phillies sign RHP Jeff Hoffman to minor league contract
Jeff Hoffman (30 year old RHP) has signed a minor league contract with the Phillies and has been added to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs roster. Hoffman was released by the Minnesota Twins on 3/28/23 after appearing in spring training as a non-roster invitee. He’s pitched in the major leagues each of the last seven seasons, from 2016 to 2020 with the Colorado Rockies and the past two seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.
Hoffman has both started and relieved, in 134 major league games he’s made 50 starts, he’s posted a career 5.68 ERA in 348 1/3 IP. He appeared in 35 games last season with the Reds pitching a total of 44 2/3 innings and recorded a 3.83 ERA.
His pitch repertoire consists of a four seamer (94-96 mph), curve, change-up and a slider. The change-up is a plus pitch. In 2016 he was the 1st round draft selection of the Toronto Blue Jays (9th overall selection) from East Carolina University. This spring he was consistently in the upper nineties with his fastball, he had an opt out in his contract if not on the Twins opening day roster and chose to take it. It’s an intriguing signing as Hoffman played an unsung role with the Reds last season as a bulk reliever and could fill that spot with the Phillies this year if the need arises.
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