Hoffman has best outing of the year
April, 21, 2014
By Christopher Crawford | ESPN Insider
Robert Gurganus/Four Seam Images via AP ImagesJeff Hoffman's Thursday performance further muddles the top of the first round.If you were thinking that this was the week that things would start clearing up near the top in the MLB Draft, you were sadly mistaken. This weekend was a prime example of just how volatile this year's class is, and we saw a former contender for the No. 1 pick have his best start of the year, up and down days for the N.C. State dynamic duo, and dominating efforts from the top two left-handed hurlers in the collegiate class.
Hoffman show top-pick stuff
Coming into the season, there were those who believed that East Carolina right-hander Jeff Hoffman had a chance to be the first player selected in the draft after his sensational summer in the Cape Cod League. Those hopes seemed to evaporate this spring, as Hoffman hasn't missed bats this year the way so many expected, and many evaluators felt he wasn't even among the top three collegiate pitchers this season.
If he pitches the way he did on Thursday against Middle Tennessee State the rest of the year, however, that No. 1 overall pick debate might just be back on.
Hoffman was exceptional, striking 16 over eight shutout innings, walking just one and allowing three hits.