Note: This page is for pitcher Jeff Hoffman who made his major league debut in 2016; for other with the same name, click here.
Jeffrey Robert Hoffman
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 185 lb.
- School East Carolina University
- High School Shaker High School
- Debut August 20, 2016
Pitcher Jeff Hoffman was selected 9th overall in the 1st round of the 2014 amateur draft by the Toronto Blue Jays and scout Chris Kline. He was considered one of the top college pitchers in the draft before falling a few ranks because of concern over the health of his pitching elbow. Indeed, he had to undergo Tommy John surgery soon after signing with the Jays, delaying the start of his professional career by a year.
He finally took the mound for a professional team on May 20, 2015, when he started for the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League. He made 11 starts for Dunedin, logging 56 innings with a record of 3-3, 3.21 and on July 18th was promoted to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the AA Eastern League. He only got to make two starts there, with no record and a 1.54 ERA, then was included in a blockbuster trade on July 28th. That day, the Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies swapped shortstops, with Troy Tulowitzki heading to Toronto in exchange for Jose Reyes, while Jeff, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco went to the Rockies, as veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins made the trip in the other direction.
After making his major league debut late in the 2016 season, going 0-4, 4.88, Jeff earned his first big league win on May 11, 2017 when he was called up from the minors to make an emergency start against the Los Angeles Dodgers in place of Tyler Anderson. He allowed 3 runs in 5 1/3 innings to receive credit for a 10-7 win. he had earlier been called up for a doubleheader on May 2nd, under the 26th man rule, and had pitched an inning and a third in relief.