J.J. Hoover
J.J. Hoover
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for J.J. Hoover in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers in January of 2018. Released by the Brewers in April of 2018.
Elects free agency
PFree Agent  
April 16, 2018
Hoover elected to become a free agent Monday.
Hoover has opted to hit the open market after being designated for assignment and subsequently passing through waivers untouched. The 30-year-old allowed three runs on four hits and two walks across 1.1 innings with the Brewers prior to being cut loose. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as organizational bullpen depth.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
Even Split
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .320 113 20 8 33 7 0 4
Since 2016vs Right .296 191 49 32 47 8 2 13
2018vs Left .500 4 0 0 2 0 0 1
2018vs Right .500 6 0 2 2 0 0 0
2017vs Left .279 66 16 4 17 3 0 1
2017vs Right .275 131 38 22 30 5 2 6
2016vs Left .368 43 4 4 14 4 0 2
2016vs Right .326 54 11 8 15 3 0 7
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
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ERA at Home
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ERA on Road
Since 2016Home 7.63 1.86 30.2 2 3 0 10.3 5.9 2.3
Since 2016Away 6.75 2.05 30.2 2 1 1 10.0 5.9 2.6
2018Home 0.00 3.00 0.3 0 0 0 0.0 27.0 0.0
2018Away 27.00 5.00 1.0 0 1 0 0.0 9.0 9.0
2017Home 3.15 1.60 20.0 2 1 0 12.2 5.9 0.9
2017Away 4.64 1.92 21.1 1 0 0 11.4 5.5 2.1
2016Home 16.55 2.32 10.1 0 2 0 7.0 5.2 5.2
2016Away 9.72 2.04 8.1 1 0 1 7.6 6.5 3.2
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How does J.J. Hoover compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
While Hoover had a better 2015 campaign than his disastrous 2014 season, trouble looms on the horizon for him. His strikeout rate fell considerably, from 27.3-percent to 19.7-percent, while his walk rate remained high at 4.3 BB/9 innings. The big reason his ERA fell from 4.88 to 2.94 was that he allowed seven homers instead of 13 over a similar span of innings, and ran lucky with a .222 BABIP. The Reds traded Aroldis Chapman to the Yankees in December, creating a gaping hole in the back of the Cincinnati bullpen in the process. The Reds will need a new closer and Hoover will be among the options considered, but by no means is he a sure thing to win and maintain the job.
Hoover's 2014 implosion exemplified the Reds' bullpen failures as a whole. The biggest problem for Hoover was command -- he walked 11.3% of the batters he faced as opposed to 9.7% the year before -- and when he did get it in the strike zone, it got hit harder than ever. He gave up a homer nearly 15 percent of the time the ball got in the air, and he gave up flyballs over half the time it was hit. Most of the problems came with his fastball, where he achieved below-average results after having it be a major plus-pitch the year before. As a consequence, he threw his slider significantly more often, which made the walk rate spike. The good news for Hoover is that his velocity didn't change, suggesting that he might just need to make a mechanical adjustment to regain his command. Nonetheless, you can witness his attempts to do so from afar, as even if Aroldis Chapman is hurt as he was to start 2014, Hoover won't be the first choice to step in for him.
Hoover picked up three saves in situations where Aroldis Chapman was either unavailable or had already pitched early in the game, but otherwise his first half was pretty dicey, with him picking up all five of his losses and allowing four of his six homers. He was much stronger in the second half, which included a 26-inning scoreless stretch. Should the Reds follow through with the threat to move Aroldis Chapman into the rotation, he's a stronger candidate to close than Jonathan Broxton.
The Reds traded for Hoover at the start of the season in a moment of panic after losing Ryan Madson, Nick Masset and Bill Bray to injuries to the start of the season, giving up their one left-handed power bat off the bench in Juan Francisco. Hoover acquitted himself well, both at the major league level and at Triple-A Louisville when the Reds needed to make room in the bullpen when Bray returned. But so far the team hasn't been willing to use him in high-leverage situations, which is why they traded for Jonathan Broxton at the trade deadline and re-signed him this offseason. Hoover looks like he could be a good reliever, though his high fly ball rate could be dangerous in Cincinnati.
Hoover has been one of Atlanta's better pitching prospects for a few years, but gets lost in the shuffle in such a pitching-rich system. However, he moved to the bullpen last season, which may hurt his fantasy value. He has the stuff to dominate as a reliever with a plus slider that resulted in more than a strikeout per inning overall last year. He did start two games at Triple-A, so watch to see how he's developed next season. He could have a role in the Atlanta bullpen early in 2012 and still factor into the rotation at some point.
Hoover may get lost in a deep crop of Atlanta pitching talent, but with a low-to-mid-90s fastball and three above average pitches, he could emerge as one of the best. He was 14-7 with a 3.29 ERA and 152:50 K:BB ratio in 153.1 innings between High-A and Double-A. He did walk 15 batters in 20.2 innings at Double-A, but showed great control in the lower minors. He could be knocking on the door of the major leagues at some point next season.
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Clears waivers
PMilwaukee Brewers  
April 15, 2018
Hoover has been outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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Dumped from roster after blown save
PMilwaukee Brewers  
April 11, 2018
The Brewers designated Hoover for assignment Wednesday.
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Recalled from Colorado Springs
PMilwaukee Brewers  
April 7, 2018
Hoover was called up by Milwaukee prior to Saturday's game against the Cubs, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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Reassigned to minors
PMilwaukee Brewers  
March 28, 2018
Hoover was reassigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday.
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Agrees to terms with Brewers
PMilwaukee Brewers  
January 10, 2018
Hoover signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Wednesday which includes an invitation to spring training.
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