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Stephen Wallace Hoff

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Pitcher Steve Hoff pitched professionally for five years, peaking in A ball.

He was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 15th round of the 1995 amateur draft. He made his pro debut the next summer with the AZL Padres, going 8-2 with a 2.85 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 85 1/3 IP. He led the Arizona League in wins (tied with Josef Thompson), strikeouts (17 more than anyone else), innings pitched and hit batsmen (9, tied with Edgar Leyva). He was 7th in ERA, between Thompson and Jake Westbrook. He and Nick Bierbrodt were picked as the league's All-Star left-handed pitchers. He split 1997 between the Clinton Lumber Kings (7-1, 2.71, 78 K in 76 1/3 IP) and Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (4-5, 6.24. 48 BB in 66 1/3 IP). He tied Andres Berumen for third in the Padres chain in wins and was 5th in whiffs (between Paul Menhart and Kerry Taylor).

Following the 1997 season, he was traded to the Florida Marlins with Derrek Lee and Rafael Medina in the deal that brought Kevin Brown to San Diego. He was 5-8 with a 4.11 ERA for the Brevard County Manatees to open 1998 then was traded again, this time with Felix Heredia to the Chicago Cubs for Justin Speier, Kevin Orie and Todd Noel. With the Daytona Cubs the remainder of '98, he was 0-3 with a 7.24 ERA and 1.83 WHIP. Overall, his 11 losses tied for 6th in the Florida State League. He missed most of 1999, presumably due to injury, going 0-1 with 4 runs, 5 walks and 9 whiffs in 6 innings for the AZL Cubs.

He ended his pro career with the Solano Steelheads of the independent Western League (0-4, 7.01, 1.95 WHIP in 2000). In 79 games as a pro (65 starts), he finished at 24-24, 4.35 with 161 walks and 334 strikeouts in 372 1/3 IP while allowing 383 hits.

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