Jeff Hoffman

Jeff Hoffman

31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Philadelphia Phillies
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Hoffman spent spring training with the Twins organization, but was granted his release after failing to make their Opening Day roster. A few days later, he signed a minor-league contract with Philadelphia, with whom he'd spend the next month in Triple-A before he was promoted to the active roster in early May. The 30-year-old worked out of the Phillies bullpen, flashing significantly improved velocity on all three of his pitches. He saw the biggest spike on his slider, averaging 87.8 mph on the pitch compared to 81.2 mph in 2022. Hoffman saw excellent results on the pitch (.074 BA, 44.6% whiff) and used it as his primary offering for the first time in his career over his now upper-90's fastball (97.1 mph average). Hoffman finished the year with a career-high 33.2% strikeout rate alongside career-best ratios (2.41 ERA, 0.92 WHIP), while many of his Statcast metrics were in the 95th percentile or better. It's clear his future is as a reliever. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.2 million contract with the Phillies in January of 2024.
Gets raise from Phillies
PPhiladelphia Phillies
January 11, 2024
The Phillies and Hoffman avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.2 million contract Thursday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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It was the final year of arbitration eligibility for Hoffman, who is coming off his best season in the majors after collecting a 2.41 ERA and 69:19 K:BB over 52.1 innings. He'll be a high-leverage option out of the Phillies' bullpen again in 2024.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
12
Last 5 Games
15
How many pitches does Jeff Hoffman generally throw?
 
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11-20
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Jeff Hoffman generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-19%
BAA vs RHP
2023
 
 
-45%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2021vs Left .246 327 77 48 66 18 4 7
Since 2021vs Right .199 413 116 39 73 12 1 13
2023vs Left .221 79 26 9 15 4 1 0
2023vs Right .122 129 43 10 14 3 0 3
2022vs Left .242 80 19 11 16 3 3 0
2022vs Right .231 117 26 12 24 5 0 5
2021vs Left .261 168 32 28 35 11 0 7
2021vs Right .236 167 47 17 35 4 1 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-6%
ERA on Road
2023
 
 
-79%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-52%
ERA at Home
2021
Even Split
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2021Home 3.79 1.26 99.2 8 4 0 9.8 3.5 1.3
Since 2021Away 3.58 1.42 70.1 2 3 1 10.9 6.1 0.8
2023Home 3.68 0.85 29.1 4 2 0 11.4 3.1 0.9
2023Away 0.78 1.00 23.0 1 0 1 12.5 3.5 0.0
2022Home 2.67 1.33 27.0 1 0 0 8.3 3.3 1.0
2022Away 5.60 1.53 17.2 1 0 0 10.2 6.6 1.0
2021Home 4.57 1.50 43.1 3 2 0 9.6 3.9 1.7
2021Away 4.55 1.69 29.2 0 3 0 10.0 7.9 1.2
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Stat Review
How does Jeff Hoffman 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.63
 
K/9
11.9
 
BB/9
3.3
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
97.2 mph
 
ERA
2.41
 
WHIP
0.92
 
BABIP
.249
 
GB/FB
1.11
 
Left On Base
73.1%
 
Exit Velocity
80.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.2%
 
Spin Rate
2472 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
17.1%
 
Swinging Strike
16.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The 30-year-old had a 3.83 ERA and 45:23 K:BB over 44.2 innings last season but missed the second half with forearm and elbow issues. The right-hander's contract minor-league contract with the Twins includes opt outs on March 28, May 15, and June 15, so he'll have options if the Twins don't add him to the big-league roster.
Hoffman has had a rough start to his major-league career over the past five seasons, but he'll no longer have to pitch in the altitude at Coors Field after he was traded to the Reds in November. The right-hander pitched solely as a reliever in 2020, but it's not yet known whether he'll move back to a starting role with Cincinnati. Hoffman's 9.28 ERA ranked worst among qualified relievers last year, but his xFIP remained somewhat steady at 5.39. He had a career-best average fastball velocity of 94.5 mph in 2020, but he only had a 9.3% swinging-strike rate while increasing his changeup usage. Hoffman could perform better with a change of scenery, especially one that doesn't involve playing his home games in Colorado. However, he'll likely settle for a middle-relief role if he's unable to secure a job as a back-end starter. If he works out of the bullpen again, he's unlikely to have much fantasy relevance.
Hoffman got his fair share of opportunities in 2019 as the Rockies rotated through potential rotation options, but he certainly didn't make the most of them. In 15 major-league starts, he struggled to a 6.56 ERA, a number that doesn't play anywhere, even in Coors Field. His 21.6% strikeout rate was his career best but still came in below average, and both his 10.8% walk rate and 35.1% groundball rate were fairly poor. He didn't show much promise for Triple-A Albuquerque, either, posting a 7.70 ERA, though his 24.9% strikeout rate and 7.6% walk rate there were both fairly good. Still, a pitcher heading into his age-27 season with a career 6.11 ERA in 209.1 big-league innings doesn't do much to interest fantasy owners, even if he did at one point have a fair amount of prospect hype. On another team, he could perhaps have deep-league viability, but he hasn't come close to showing he can overcome Coors Field.
Hoffman is a dangerous pitcher to watch. When you watch him pitch on a good day, you see quite a bit of potential in him. His fastball moves, his curveball really bites and he attacks hitters. Yet, when you dive into his numbers, there is not a lot to like. Sure, he has a league average strikeout rate when pitching on the road, but he also has a 4.04 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in those games. Predictably, he is awful at home with a 7.11 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. Keep in mind, all of this is with just 131 innings of work with the Rockies so things could go in any direction from here. His overall 5.89 ERA was bad, but his FIP at 4.80 shows he could be better and thus worthy of a roster spot in deeper NL-only leagues. He struck out six or more batters in six of his 17 starts last year.
Hoffman was the prize piece in the 2015 trade deadline deal that sent Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays, although his first season in Colorado's system didn't necessarily reflect that. The top prospect's strikeout rate drastically improved during his time with Triple-A Albuquerque (9.4 K/9) and while his 4.02 ERA and 1.36 WHIP may seem pedestrian for a 23-year-old with his pedigree, the harsh pitching conditions of the Pacific Coast League were largely to blame. His control was worse than usual (3.4 BB/9 at Triple-A), but he may have been nibbling in an effort to cope with his surroundings. The Rockies used him initially as a starter, but he was moved to the bullpen after he experienced some issues adjusting to big league hitters. He should spend much of 2017 in the Rockies' rotation, although the Coors Field effect will limit his upside in his first full season.
No prospect’s dynasty league stock plummet simply because of a deadline deal the way Hoffman’s value cratered following a trade from Toronto to Colorado in the Troy Tulowitzki deal. He might be a top-50 prospect in any other system, but it’s impossible to ignore the fact that he is on track to pitch half his games in Coors Field once he reaches the majors. Last year, Hoffman was still working on regaining his pre-surgery form, but it would not be surprising for the hard-throwing righty to put up obscene numbers in 2016, two years removed from Tommy John surgery. He has a plus-plus fastball with a plus curveball, average changeup and excellent command, so minor-league hitters won’t stand much of a chance against his advanced repertoire. Still, the shadow of Coors Field will linger in the background of his profile, so selling high based on great minor league numbers will prove tricky.
Prior to having Tommy John surgery a month before the 2014 draft, Hoffman was projected to be a top-five pick. His projectable 6-foot-4, 185-pound frame and 97-mph fastball made the 22-year old an intriguing arm coming out of college. Hoffman did not slide far in the draft, as the Blue Jays nabbed him with the ninth pick. However, he may be the forgotten man from the 2014 class, as he will likely spend the first two months of the season rehabbing his arm. While he has an impressive four-pitch arsenal, command was the primary concern prior to his surgery, so being able to locate his pitches will be a major point of emphasis for Hoffman when he starts pitching in a rookie league this summer. Despite the delay in development, Hoffman has the arsenal, and the college experience to still beat most of the high school pitchers from his draft class to the big leagues in three or four years.
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Called up from minors
PPhiladelphia Phillies
May 4, 2023
The Phillies selected Hoffman's contract from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday.
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Exercises opt-out clause
PPhiladelphia Phillies
May 4, 2023
Hoffman exercised the opt-out clause in his minor-league contract with the Phillies earlier this week, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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Signs minors deal with Phillies
PPhiladelphia Phillies
April 1, 2023
Hoffman signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Saturday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
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Granted release by Twins
PFree Agent
March 28, 2023
Hoffman was released by the Twins on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
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Moves down to minor-league camp
PMinnesota Twins
March 25, 2023
The Twins reassigned Hoffman to minor-league camp Saturday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
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