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Monday, June 5, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: JEFF HOFFMAN SP COLORADO ROCKIES

In this upside down season that is 2017 fantasy baseball, little has gone according to plan.  Injures are wrecking most rosters, high-priced draft picks have bombed, and widely ignored veterans have become monster performers almost overnight (looking at you Ryan Zimmerman, Justin Smoak, Yonder Alonso).  Then there is the pitching situation in Colorado where the Rockies staff unbelievably is the envy of every other unit both in real and in fantasy baseball.  The starting staff has been tremendous even without prospective ace Jon Gray and the bullpen has been ridiculous with Greg Holland locking down save after save and Jake McGee and Adam Ottavino cementing the setup innings.  Recently added to this vastly overachieving bunch is the former 2014 first round pick (9th overall) Jeff Hoffman who just got done giving up one run and three hits while striking out nine in seven innings of his win over the San Diego Padres.  This marked the third time in three starts this season that Hoffman has been money for the Rockies when called on to start and he now has a composite 2.61 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and 26 K;s in 20.2 innings.  Yes please.  Hoffman has now earned a longer look by the Rockies and the pedigree was very solid to begin with given his past as a first round pick.  While Hoffman has had control issues like almost all young power arms coming up the team's system, he has walked just two batters this season in the majors and the 11.32 K/9 rate speaks to the imposing arsenal.  If you were smart to snag Hoffman to take advantage of the outing against the Padres, you should continue to use him liberally going forward as long as he is up with the team.  While Hoffman may not be ready for a complete season as an impact power arm, it seems he is far from overwhelmed by the prospect of facing major league hitters.


2 comments:

  1. Hoffman over Berrios?

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    1. no Berrios has more electric stuff and more guaranteed starts.

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