Hoffman Named To Golden Spikes Watch List
Feb. 15, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. -East Carolina junior Jeff Hoffman has been named to the 60-man preseason Golden Spikes Award watch list USA Baseball released Friday, launching the organization's journey to naming the top amateur baseball player in the country on July 17. Sponsored by Major League Baseball, the Golden Spikes Award will be presented in 2014 for the 37th time.
Hoffman, who got the Opening Day start against James Madison Friday afternoon, allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits with six strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work in the no-decision. This preseason he has been named to three All-America Teams (Baseball America/First-Team, Perfect Game/First-Team, Collegiate Baseball/Third-Team) and preseason Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Year by those same publications. On Thursday the Latham, N.Y. native was tabbed as the second-best collegiate player in the nation by CollegeBaseballDaily.com.
As a sophomore in 2013, Hoffman went 6-7 with a 3.20 ERA earning Second-Team All C-USA honors. He led the Pirates in quality starts (11), innings pitched (109 2/3), strikeouts (84) and quality starts (11), while ranking second in walk-to-strikeout ratio (0.46). The right-hander earned C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week accolades for the second time in his career after tossing a complete game, one-hit shutout against North Carolina Central (Mar. 29). Hoffman ranked among the league leaders (all games) in innings pitched (fifth) and strikeouts (84/9th), while standing 98th nationally in strikeouts.
This past summer Hoffman spent his second-straight season playing for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of Cape Cod League, where he was named the 2013 Robert A. McNeece Award winner for Outstanding Pro Prospect. He posted a 2-0 record with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. In four starts he fanned 33 batters, held his opponents to a .217 composite average and posted a 0.15 walk-to-strikeout ration.
His finest start of the summer came July 17 against Orleans, in which he threw 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball, scattering three hits, walking one and striking out 11 batters. The performance was enough to earn him Coca-Cola Pitcher-of-the-Week honors.