Sunday Farm Report: Hoffman Looking to Force Issue for MLB Return
Jeff Hoffman, drafted one pick ahead of Kyle Freeland in the first round of the 2014 draft and a key part of the package sent the Rockies in the Troy Tulowitzki trade, has battled inconsistency this year.
His last two starts with Triple-A Albuquerque have shown the ability that scouts were seeing when he was the ninth player drafted. He had a no-decision in the Isotopes 5-3 loss to Reno on Saturday, but he allowed only two runs on four hits without issuing a walk, and striking out seven in seven innings.
He retired the first 18 batters he faced. And that came after allowing one run in eight innings his previous start, a 7-1 victory against Reno.
The back-to-back quality starts are only the second and third in 20 starts he has made for Albuquerque.
The Hoffman File
In Saturday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (60-71) lost 5-3 against Reno. Hoffman left with a 3-2 lead, but Santiago Casilla (0-1, 6.97) gave up three runs on four hits and two walks in one inning. Josh Fuentes (.318) was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and RBI.
AAA Hartford (60-68) lost 7-6 to Trenton in front of it's 42nd home sellout, 15th in a row. Rico Garcia (6-2, 2.47) suffered the loss, allowing four runs, two earned, on four hits and four walks, striking out four, in five innings. Roberto Ramos (.235) hit his 12th and 13th home runs since a mid-season call up from High-A Lancaster.
High A Lancaster (33-38 2nd half; 66-65) lost 8-7 to Lake Elsinore. Ty Culbreth (5-8, 6.07) gave up eight runs, six earned, on 13 hits, striking out six, in six innings. Tyler Nevin (.326) was 4-for-5 with three runs scored, two doubles and an RBI.
Low A Asheville (31-28, 58-70) lost 5-4 at Columbia. Frederis Parra (4-4, 4.48) allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk, striking out three, in 6 1/3 innings. Todd Czinege (.319) was 3-for-4 with his 11th home run, and two runs scored.
Short-season A Boise (10-20 2nd half; 31-37) lost 4-3 at Vancouver. Colten Schmidt (0-1, 13.50) gave up two runs on three hits in one inning. Pearson McMahan (6.08) started and allowed two unearned runs on four hits and three walks, striking out four, in five innings. Terrin Vavra (.318) was 2-for-5 with a run scored, two RBI and a triple.
Rookie Grand Junction (17-10, 37-28) won 9-5 against Idaho Falls. Hunter Stovall (.299) hit a two-run home run. Daniel Montano (.283) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBI, and a triple. Javier Guevara (.291) was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two doubles. Will Tribucher (3-2, 2.52) worked two shutout innings of relief, giving up two hits and striking out two, for the win. Alejando Mejia (8.06) started and allowed four runs on eight hits and four walks, striking out one in four innings.
Dominican Summer League South (22-50) finished its season with a 17-0 loss to the Yankees. Gerardo Ramos (.214) singled for South's only hit. Ever Moya (2-2, 5.18) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out three, in three innings.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (53-19) prepared for the post-season with a 5-2 victory against the Pirates2. Ezequiel Tovar (.262) was 3-for-5 with a double, triple, run scored and RBI. Wuardo Fernandez (6.06) came out after walking the leadoff batter in the second, finishing with a line of one inning, one run, one walk and two strikeouts. Kleiver Osoriio (6-2, 1.63) pitched six shutout innings in relief for the win, allowing two hits and striking out seven.