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    • Jamie Hoffmann
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  • 1/22/13
  • metsheart
Mets signed Hoffmann as minor league FA (28 yr old RH OF). Very small MLB sample not great (26 total AB / .154 BA). But minor league stats very good til 2012 (injury?).

See minor league stats:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=hoffma004jam



Could this guy be good if given a chance?

Edited 1/22/13   by  metsheart
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  • 1/22/13
  • RobfromLI
There's a reason he's still in the minors at 28 years old.
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  • 1/22/13
  • metsheart
Maybe he was blocked?

Only 28 total MLB PA's. Minor league stats look pretty good. Maybe just needs a chance to show what he can do.

Interesting that Dodgers originally signed him as undrafted 3B. Was actually drafted by Minnesota for HOCKEY (NHL)!

And even more interesting that this guy actually was considered good enough to play a little bit in majors after not even being drafted. Must have SOMETHING going for him.



from wikipedia bio:

"He then switched to the outfield in 2005 while playing for the Columbus Catfish and Vero Beach Dodgers. In 2007 he played for the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino, and in 2008 for the Jacksonville Suns. The Dodgers added him to their 40 man roster prior to the 2009 season.[2]

Hoffmann participated in the 2008 Arizona Fall League season with the Surprise Rafters.

He began 2009 in Double-A with the Chattanooga Lookouts and was then promoted to the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes. On May 22, he was called up to the Los Angeles Dodgers when reserve outfielder Xavier Paul was placed on the disabled list.[3] He made his MLB debut, flying out as a pinch hitter, the same day.

Hoffmann's first Major League hit was a three-run home run in the 2nd inning against Matt Palmer of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 24.[4] He played in 14 games with the Dodgers and then was optioned back to the Minors. He was designated for assignment on September 1 and then released by the Dodgers after clearing waivers. He was shortly resigned and sent back to Albuquerque.

Hoffmann was selected as the first overall pick in the 2009 Rule 5 Draft by the Washington Nationals on December 10, but was immediately traded to the New York Yankees as the final part of the Brian Bruney deal, as the player to be named later.[1] On March 22, Hoffmann was returned to the Dodgers and assigned to the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes, where he hit .310 in 139 games. He was then added to the Dodgers 40-man winter roster, which protected him from being lost in the 2010 Rule 5 Draft.

He appeared in two games with the Dodgers in April 2011 during a brief appearance in the Majors and was 0-4 before being optioned back to Albuquerque. With the Isotopes, he appeared in 133 games, hitting .297 with 22 home runs and 84 RBI.

Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies claimed Hoffmann off of waivers on December 5, 2011. Hoffmann elected free agency after being sent outright to the minors during Spring Training.

Baltimore Orioles

On March 31, 2012, Hoffmann signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles."



And now w/ Mets.

So Dodgers, Rockies, Nationals, Yankees & O's saw something in him. Maybe now he gets a real chance to show what he can do in MLB. Would be cool if he turns out to be just what the doctor oredered for the Mets. At least if he's good enough to platoon if nothing else.

Be interesting to see him in ST & get a glimpse of what he can do if given a shot to play regularly.
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  • 1/22/13
  • MetObserver
Those Pacific Coast League stats are most likely inflated some like we will find out with a club in Vegas this year.
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  • 1/22/13
  • nym698641
Best years in the PCL and those years are not that impressive. I think he will just be at AAA Vegas all year.
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  • 1/22/13
  • metsheart
I know about PCL bloated stats. But he looks pretty decent. Plus all those teams thought this guy was worth something (including Yankees). Maybe all he needs is a shot to play regularly.

ST should be quite interesting.
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  • 1/22/13
  • metsheart
Believe Hoffmann has invite to ST. If he opens some eyes he might go north w/ Mets.

But we'll see...
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  • 1/22/13
  • elsid1986
My guess is he is an orgazinational "filler"
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  • 1/22/13
  • nym698641
Not impressive power numbers in the PCL and not really a base stealer.
Means 5th outfielder at best if he can play defense.
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  • 1/22/13
  • metsheart
Any harm in Mets seeing what he can do if given a chance?
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  • 1/22/13
  • metsheart
So if he hits .280+ & plays a good OF that's not a HUGE step up in OF?

Looks like he had decent gap power for doubles. Also had 28 SB 1 yr in minors.
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  • 1/22/13
  • elsid1986
No harm at all. Doesnt cost a thing.
Was just offering an observation that this time of the year organizations are looking to add filler guys. Sort of like what the Mets did with Lewis last year.
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  • 1/22/13
  • metsheart
Except Lewis was already 31 this time last yr. Hoffmann's only 28. And Lewis already had 6 yrs in the majors (1,763 PA's). Hoffman's had all of 28 PA's so far.

Totally different situation.
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  • 1/22/13
  • AdrianMonk

Good job, Sandy.
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  • 1/22/13
  • metsheart
Thanks Jeff.
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