Dec
10

Prospect Profile: Jamie Hoffmann

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Jamie Hoffmann

Jamie Hoffmann | OF

Background
Hoffmann was raised in New Ulm, Minnesota, which is about 100 miles southwest of Minneapolis. He starred in both baseball and hockey for New Ulm High, being named Minnesota Baseball Player of the Year as a junior and leading the school to the state championship as a senior. After playing in the United States Hockey League during the 2002-2003 season, the Carolina Hurricanes selected Hoffmann in the 8th round of the 2003 NHL Draft, however he went undrafted in baseball. He almost went to Colorado College to play hockey, but ended up signing with the Dodgers as an undrafted free agent in August of 2003.

Pro Career
After starting the 2004 season in Extended Spring Training, the Dodgers sent Hoffmann to their rookie level Gulf Coast League affiliate. He led the circuit in hits (71), runs scored (40), triples (7), total bases (105), and runs batted in (36), and was named to the All Star Team as a third baseman.

Assigned to Low-A Columbus to begin the 2005 season, Hoffmann moved to the outfield and hit.308-.383-.414 with 10 steals before being bumped up to High-A Vero Beach mid-season. He hit just .241-.287-.319 with the Baby Dodgers, and .285-.351-.382 overall. Baseball America rated him Los Angeles’ 27th best prospect after the season.

Sent back to Vero Beach in 2006, Hoffmann stayed there all year and hit .252-.309-.323 with just 21 extra base hits in 492 plate appearances. The Dodgers again assigned him to High-A to begin the 2007 season, however their new affiliate was located in Inland Empire, California. The move to the hitter friendly Cal League clearly boosted Hoffmann’s game, as he hit .309-.378-.455 in his season there.

Finally ready to be bumped up a level, Hoffmann hit .278-.350-.395 for Double-A Jacksonville in 2008, and was named the organization’s 22nd best prospect by Baseball America after the season. The Dodgers sent Hoffmann to their new Double-A affiliate in Chattanooga to start the 2009 season, however he forced a promotion to Triple-A by hitting .307-.457-.495 in his first 127 plate appearances. After just eight games with Triple-A Albuquerque, during which he hit .257-.366-.457, Hoffmann was summoned to the big leagues in mid-May because Manny Ramirez’s PED suspension left the Dodgers short in the outfield.

After two uneventful pinch hitting appearances, Hoffmann took Matt Palmer of the Angels deep in the first at-bat of his first start for his first Major League hit in the third big league game of his career. He later drove in a run with a double off Darren Oliver in the 7th. Hoffmann went 3-for-8 with two doubles, a homer, and six RBI in his first two career starts on May 25th and 26th, so naturally Joe Torre kept him glued to the bench for the team’s next five games. His big league stint lasted just 19 days and 24 plate appearances, during which he hit .182-.167-.409.

Sent back to Triple-A in early June, Hoffmann hit .288-.363-.455 the rest of the way. He was designated for assignment on Sept. 1st to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly acquired Jon Garland. Hoffmann was left off the 40-man roster during the offseason, and the Yankees arranged for the Nationals to select him with the first overall pick of the 2009 Rule 5 Draft and send him to the Bronx per the terms of the Brian Bruney trade.

Scouting Report
A good athlete, Hoffmann’s one of those guys who does everything well but nothing great. His best attribute is his defense, and he can man all three outfield spots with aplomb thanks to his good jumps and direct routes. He also has a strong throwing arm and plays all-out all the time.

Offensively, Hoffmann is a line drive hitter that sprays the ball from gap-to-gap. He makes consistent contact and his approach is sound, though he can struggle against quality breaking pitches. At 25-years-old with a maxed out 6′-3″, 235lb frame, Hoffmann doesn’t project to add anything to his just okay power, however he makes up for it with good speed and baserunning skills. He hits from a slightly open stance and his swing can get out of whack, which leads to struggles against pitches on the outer half. The righty swinging Hoffmann traditionally had a reverse split, however he broke out and hit .308-.432-.542 against lefties in 2009. Chances are it’s just a sample size issue, however.

“He’s a big, physical outfielder with big league experience,” said Yankees director of pro scouting Billy Eppler. “Our scouts saw some good things in him, including good defensive ability and a good arm. He runs well for his size, we’ve got him as a 55 runner at 6-foot-3, 235. Kevin Long, our hitting coordinator, looked at him on video and thinks there’s a foundation there hitting-wise.”

Here’s a clip of Hoffmann’s first career hit/homer, an RBI double (yay Brad Hawpe), and a nice play in the outfield.

2010 Outlook
Hoffmann will get a look in Spring Training with a chance to make the team as a reserve outfielder, however those plans may change depending on how the rest of the offseason plays out. What happens after camp is anyone’s guess, though the Yanks are assuming he’ll stick around.

My Take
I like the pick. This is about what you’d expect in the Rule 5 Draft, a potentially useful role player, but not a cornerstone guy. It’s unfathomable to think the Yankees will carry Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner, and Hoffmann on their 25-man roster at the same time this season, so something’s got to give. Regardless of what happens in Spring Training, it would behoove the Yanks to work out a trade with the Dodgers allowing them to keep Hoffmann in the minors. The Austin Jackson trade further thinned whatever little upper level outfield depth the Yanks had, so having a guy like Hoffmann stashed away and getting regular playing time in Triple-A is the best situation for everyone involved.

Photo Credit: Flickr user phxwebguy

Categories : Prospect Profiles
  • Evil Empire

    Oh snap. RAB always on point. Exactly the prospect profile I wanted to see.

  • Mike bk

    so do you think melky or gardy get dealt or just that gardy goes down to Scranton?

    • MatyRuggz

      They’ll probably flip Gardy to KC if the sign Damon and/or Matsui.

      • jsbrendog

        for what? gardner cant have much value if any at all

        • Rod

          Dayton Moore is an idiot with a hole in CF.

          • Mike bk

            brian bannister is arb eligible, maybe kc doesnt want to pay.

            • Rod

              Sounds perfect to me. One of Gardbrera + for Bannister.

              • pete

                if that actually happens, i’d be the happiest man alive. Not for bannister’s greatness (he’s pretty mediocre, actually), but for Cashman’s

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  We could turn around and deal Bannister to the Mets for Ike Davis or something.

                  They’re idiots.

                • Rod

                  Bannister is good enough and while Halladay would be great and all, the Yankees really need a league average guy which is what essentially AJ and Andy are.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  How Halladay got into this convo, I have no idea.

                  I’d ask if you were really “He who shall not be named” in disguise, but I don’t want to say his name and have him show up.

                • Rod

                  My bad. The mere thought of trading Jesus has me all discombobulated.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  The mere thought of trading Jesus has me all discombobulated.

                  Johnny: BAILIFF! VALIUM!

              • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WppcSY4SsSk barry

                Bannister wouldn’t last 1 month in the AL East. Probably with worse results than Penny.

                • Rod

                  He has a higher GB% than Penny so if he could sustain it he would be serviceable enough.

                • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WppcSY4SsSk barry

                  You have servicable options on the team already that are better than Bannister. CC,AJ,AP,JC,PH,CG,AA,SM. Those are the initials of the top 5 Starters on the team this year with 3 back up options.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  CC,AJ,AP,JC,PH,CG,AA,SM. Those are the initials of the top 5 Starters on the team this year with 3 back up options.

                  Source: The alphabet.

                • dkidd

                  cashman got carla gugino, alan arkin, and sam “mayday” malone to fill out the bullpen?

                  sweet!

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WppcSY4SsSk barry

          Yeah only like probably between 2.5-3 WAR next season, nothing at all.

      • DonnieBaseballHallofFame

        Can people on here STOP saying we are going to flip / trade / horns waggle anybody into giving us ANYTHING for Gardy or Melky. Especially Gardy.

        • DP

          Gardy and McAllister for Mauer?

  • A.D.

    The righty swinging Hoffmann traditionally had a reverse split

    His career splits seem fairly even with regard to BA & OBP, just seems to be generating less power off of left handers.

    http://www.minorleaguesplits.c.....?pl=469845

  • http://twitter.com/JamalG_BB Jamal G.

    It’s unfathomable to think the Yankees will carry Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner, and Hoffmann on their 25-man roster at the same time this season, so something’s got to give.

    Couldn’t the Yankees put Brett Gardner in left field, and have Melky Cabrera and Jamie Hoffmann join Francisco Cervelli and one of Jerry Hairston Jr. and Ramiro Pena on the bench?

    • Marcus

      Brett Gardner in LF would be a pretty weak choice. More likely they’ll send him down to AAA if they need the flexibility.

      I don’t think Cash is done with the outfield.

      • http://twitter.com/JamalG_BB Jamal G.

        Well, Gardner or Melky Cabrera.

    • Meat Loaf

      What justification do you have that Gardner starts over melky… Who played all yeah?

      • Meat Loaf

        year*… Was channeling my inner Boston accent..

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WppcSY4SsSk barry

          Uhm maybe the fact that Gardner is a much more valuable player than Melky Cabrera.
          Source: Fangraphs.com

          • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Dude, you can’t give fangraphs.com, the entire freaking website, as a source. That’s like making a legal argument and citing “westlaw.com.”

            • http://www.i-yankees.com iYankees

              Hilarious.

              • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WppcSY4SsSk barry

                Just like your sight, har har.

                • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Brother… You’re getting meme’d, I’m sorry. These comments are just too perfect. Are you trying to start memes, or are you serious?

                • jsbrendog

                  hahahaha i like that one

                  /meme’d

                  nice.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  Brother… You’re getting meme’d, I’m sorry.

                  Way ahead of you, Mondesi.

                  http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-712985

                • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Ha, my bad… I’m catching up to this conversation (and clearly doing a bad job of it).

                • Salty Buggah

                  sight? How can a “sight” be so hilarious?

                • http://www.i-yankees.com iYankees

                  I do wear contact lenses, so that’s pretty messed up barry :/

            • Rose

              Jesus died for our sins.

              - The Bible

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
              • Reality Check

                Jesus is like Bengie Molina without the catching skills.

                Sorry to give you does of reality.

                • Brian

                  actually most people are comparing him to Miguel Cabrera

            • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WppcSY4SsSk barry

              Dude I can do whatever the fuck I want.
              It’s like your mom giving you the phone book when you asked who your father is, how’d that work out for you Mondesi.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                It’s like your mom giving you the phone book when you asked who your father is, how’d that work out for you Mondesi.

                http://www.instantcrickets.com

              • dkidd

                watch it now, cool it off, take it down…

                /tom waits in rumble fish’d

              • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Whoah! Sens-i-tive!

                On a more serious note… You certainly do whatever you want, and I (and anyone else) can point out the flaws in what you say. That’s how it works, I’m cool with that. (But, not to be a wet blanket, I’d be careful to keep it within the Commenting Guidelines, though.)

                • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WppcSY4SsSk barry

                  why they gonna ban me? lollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll
                  Fuck the guidelines………………………………………………………………………..

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

                  Yeah, I will ban you. Knock it off.

                • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  “lolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll…”

                  Nigel: The numbers all go to eleven…
                  Marty: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
                  Nigel: Exactly.
                  Marty: Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?
                  Nigel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten…
                  Marty: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
                  Nigel: … … … These go to eleven.

            • bumboklaat

              did you just make a lawyer joke?? wow?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            Uhm maybe the fact that Gardner is a much more valuable player than Melky Cabrera.
            Source: Fangraphs.com

            Taxes have to be filed annually by midnight, April 15th.
            Source: The Government

            • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Haha, meme’d. Congrats, barry.

              • jsbrendog

                sometimes when you say something stupid other people on the internet take it and run with it and you get meme’d
                Source: The intertubes

                ami rite? eh?

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                I gallimaufried that shizz.

            • thurdonpaul

              paying taxes is voluntary :)

    • A.D.

      I think if one of the 3 is starting or perhaps 2 are involved in a platoon, then carrying 5 OF is less of a big deal.

  • http://www.i-yankees.com iYankees

    Nice writeup, Mike. One thing, though:

    “however he makes up for it with good speed and baserunning skills.”

    I guess in the sense that he’s fast he has baserunning skills, but he hasn’t really had much success on the base paths, especially in 2009 (15 SB, 11 CS).

    • MatyRuggz

      One can be a good baserunner yet a poor basestealer.

      • pat

        Tex for example.

        • Mike bk

          forget that. bernie williams is a much better example

        • http://www.i-yankees.com iYankees

          I guess. I would argue that good speed doesn’t necessarily translate to good baserunning or good base stealing. However, if you’re a good baserunner, with good speed, I would think you would be a good base stealer. Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher, these guys are actually good baserunners but, of course, they aren’t good base stealers because they don’t have the wheels.

          • Mike bk

            hence bernie williams who had good speed and was a good baserunner but never really figured out how to steal bags.

          • vin

            Seems to me that the definitions are:
            Good Baserunner = good instincts with good wheels, but not a big base stealer (Bernie for example)
            Smart Baserunner = good instincts with bad wheels (Tex)
            Bad Baserunner = bad instincts + bad wheels (Posada and Swisher)

            • Tom Zig

              What about bad instincts + decent wheels? (i.e. Cano)

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                What about horridly putrid instincts + amazing wheels? (i.e. Roger Cedeño of the Dodgers/Mets/Astros quasi-fame)?

            • http://www.i-yankees.com iYankees

              I think vin has a good way to look at it, although I disagree about Swisher’s baserunning. He didn’t do as good a job this year, but he’s been pretty solid on the bases in years prior to 2009 (going first to third, etc.).

              • Zack

                Nah we’re Yankee fans, we remember that one play he did and evaluate his whole career on it.

        • Brian

          Cano for an example

  • vin

    Regardless of what happens in Spring Training, it would behoove the Yanks to work out a trade with the Dodgers allowing them to keep Hoffmann in the minors. The Austin Jackson trade further thinned whatever little upper level outfield depth the Yanks had, so having a guy like Hoffmann stashed away and getting regular playing time in Triple-A is the best situation for everyone involved.

    Great point.

    • Meat Loaf

      Can we give Kei Igawa?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        If for no other reason than to fuck with Torre, I endorse this strategy. Even willing to eat all his salary.

        • Meat Loaf

          Every last penny.

      • Alan

        There is no team desperate enough to want Kei, not even the Nationals.

    • emac2

      yeah – why trade one player for a back up outfielder you don’t expect to make the roster when you can trade 2?

  • Salty Buggah

    Colorado College? They’re the main rivals of DU. We are not supposed to like them but I don’t give a shit about hockey.

    Anyway, good enough pick for the Rule 5 draft. I hope he does some good things with the Yanks. I like his patience.

  • larryf

    The real question for this thread should be: Who plays center in Scranton now that AJax is gone?

    • A.D.

      Curtis?

    • pat

      Russo.

    • CountryClub

      Gardner

      • Chris

        or Melky

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Jesus Montero.

      • MatyRuggz

        Jesus Montero on a Segway

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          You haven’t seen him use his wings yet.

          • Salty Buggah

            And you wont if he plays CF. He’s just gonna leave his glove there and balls just get caught by themselves while he catches with his bare hands. It obviously wont injure him but it’ll help his CS% as it reduces the transfer time from his glove to his hand.

            Jesus uses his wings on very special occasions.

      • Reality Check

        Jesus Montero aka Bengie Molina without the catching skills.

        • DP

          Stop it Mr. Grant.

        • Brian

          go away troll

  • rbizzler

    How does Hoffmann compare to Collin Curtis? Better D? Better hit tool?

  • CountryClub

    Interetsing infor from Cash:

    Why he was available: When the Dodgers made their September call-ups this year, they took Hoffmann off the 40-man roster, but the story is a bit more complicated than that, at least according to Brian Cashman. ”The Dodgers last year reduced him from their roster, and teams put claims on him throughout the game,” Cashman said. “But (the Dodgers) had a deal with him of signing him back. They gave him a $25,000 signing bonus, so he rejected the claims and went to Triple-A for them. It was a smart deal by the Dodgers to try to protect their assets when they got into a roster crunch. They knew he wouldn’t get through the outright, and he didn’t.

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....-hoffmann/

    • A.D.

      Players can reject claims?

      • CountryClub

        It was news to me too.

  • THE KID

    “His best attribute is his defense, and he can man all three outfield spots with aplomb thanks to his good jumps and direct routes. He also has a strong throwing arm and plays all-out all the time”

    Translation – Bye Bye Melky

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Re-translation: Slow down.

      Melky’s done it against big leaguers for 4 years now. Hoffman’s still a newb.

    • themgmt

      That’s what I read into it but I gather if they get a better package for Gardner they’d make that deal first.

      Gardner put up more WAR than Melky in each of the last two seasons in considerably less playing time. In fact Gardner’s WAR as a part time player in his first full season of play was better than anything Melky has ever done.

      • jsbrendog

        have you stopped to think it is because of this limited playing time and that when playing full time he would be over exposed?

        gardner’s WAR as a part time player is not the same as melky’s as a fulltime player over multiple seasons

        • themgmt

          Ohhh snap, over exposed.

          Watch out Gardner.

      • emac2

        Why trade Gardner instead of Melky? Gardner is a better guy off the bench because of his speed and I don’t think we get enough back for either that I let go of a valuable piece for the meager return.

        But hey, Maybe we trade both of them for an old guy who makes a lot of money

    • Alan

      No, Melky is better than this guy, who has very limited major league at bats. The Yanks can stil option out Gardner.

  • Free Mike Vick

    i like it. He’s a good kid…a gamer..a battler…plays the game the right way.

    (hehe…i know baseball nerds hate everything i just said) :)

    • Salty Buggah

      I’m sure they wont. No one ever says they want a lazy/cancer. They do value someone who actually performs well but no one will complain about a guy being a gamer.

    • themgmt

      You forgot gritty.

      • Bo

        but whats his WAR???

  • dkidd

    hoffman fulfills the “big goofy white guy with overly aggressive high fives” void left by shelly duncan

    • jsbrendog

      enjoymet factor of this comment is high

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Can he win a fight?

      • dkidd

        hoffman played hockey

        johnny gomes better back the f*ck up

      • Rose

        Uh ohhh you did it…

        Who would win in a fight…

        Tim Meadows (SNL) or Don Cheadle

        Hint: They’re the same guy.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          Hint: They’re the same guy.

          I laughed.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    Hoffmann went 3-for-8 with two doubles, a homer, and six RBI in his first two career starts on May 25th and 26th, so naturally Joe Torre kept him glued to the bench for the team’s next five games.

    TorreFAIL.

    He was designated for assignment on Sept. 1st to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly acquired Jon Garland.

    CollettiFAIL.

    (Yes, Garland actually did fairly well for the Dodgers down the stretch, but still. DFAing a decent young outfielder for Jon Garland should be a FAIL on general principles. And, since Garland was traded for a PTBNL, that’s TWO young players he cost the Dodgers.)

    • Zack

      Pierre was hitting .404/.469/.544 on May 26th. Dont think its fair to say Torre should have benched Pierre or Kemp or Ethier for Hoffmann.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I was about to respond by saying that all Mike was saying was, while you don’t need to bench someone to get Hoffmann in the lineup after he has two good games in a row, you also don’t have to go to the other extreme and not give him any PT at all.

        But, then I looked at the gamelogs:

        http://www.baseball-reference......;year=2009

        Mike’s wrong. His first two starts were actually the 24th and 25th, not the 25th and 26th. And, After his first two starts on the 24th and 25, he didn’t “get glued to the bench for the next 5 days.” He actually played as a LIDR the very next day, the 26th, and then was an LIDR three games (four days) later, and then started again the day after that.

        Hoffman actually got into quite a few games during his brief sojurn with the big club, until Manny got back and forced him out.

        TorreFAIL withdrawn.

        • Chris

          He wasn’t a LIDR. He was a pinch hitter. He only played defense (ostensibly his best attribute) in 5 games – his 3 starts, May 23 and May 26. The rest of the time he was just a pinch hitter for the pitcher.

        • emac2

          How many players do you know that stay sharp at the plate by playing as LIDR?

          He wasn’t talking about real glue he was talking about Torre not helping a young player develop by getting into any kind of a grove.

    • Bo

      You make it sound like hes Matt Kemp. Relax.

  • Brooklyn Ed – slacking in class now

    if Damon and Matsui goes elsewhere, I think Hoffman and Miranda should compete for the DH spot. Loser goes to AAA or bench.

    • jsbrendog

      hoffman cant go to aaa unless we offer him back to la and they decided to take a player/cash instead.

      • Brooklyn Ed – slacking in class now

        oops. i meant just bench.

    • themgmt

      If you’re going to have Hoffmann in the lineup.. why waste his superior defensive talent at DH? Put him in RF, Swish in LF.

      I don’t think he cracks any lineup though, as Cashman said he starts as a bench player.

    • Bo

      you really think those 2 can replace matsui???

      wow

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Brooklyn Ed – slacking in class now says:

        if Damon and Matsui goes elsewhere, I think Hoffman and Miranda should compete for the DH spot. Loser goes to AAA or bench.

        No. He never said he thought those two could replace Matsui.

        What he said was, those two SHOULD replace Matsui IF Matsui and Damon go elsewhere.

        Stop putting words in people’s mouths (like you always do).

  • BF

    Kinda sounds like Chad Curtis. Which could be a nice addition.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Hopefully with less preachifyin’.

      Sincerely,
      Derek “Leave me the hell alone, Chad” Jeter

      • jsbrendog

        i hope he puts his all into a throw to the plate and goes flying forward superman style and lays himself out everytime. i used to love that haha. hat goes flying and he looks like he’s sliding headfirst into home

  • MattG

    “He runs well for his size, we’ve got him as a 55 runner at 6-foot-3, 235.”

    So we’re going to put him at tight end, then?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      H-Back.

      • Mike bk

        clearly middle linebacker.

  • Charlie

    i really like this pick. he seems like a decent all around player. i would definitely try to find a way to move melky/gardner. you just can’t have all 3 especially if we bring back damon.

    • Trent

      If no other signings happen due to whatever, can’t Gardner play left, Cabrera play right and Swisher DH? Hoffman can stay on the bench with Pena, Cervelli and Miranda.

  • larryf

    needs a shave. Have we ever had a Jamie on the Yanks? I know we have but….

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    Melky + Hoffman for Mauer. If Hoffman still retains his Minnesota accent they won’t even notice.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Minnesotans: “Hey, where did this random Dominican come from? We just counted all 25 of the Dominicans last week, and this guy wasn’t on the list. Something’s up… let’s investigate. Doublecheck all the white people and make sure Joe Mauer and Brett Favre are still here. WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE!”

      … aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, SCENE!

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        You’re right! I forgot the biggest red flag of them all–Dominicans lack youthful enthusiasm. Sad but true.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          We’re better off just trying to sneak across state lines and swapping Hoffman for Mauer by themselves.

          Adding Melky’s just a huge red flag.

  • joey boots

    Can he play the infield too? HCane be Start

  • DonnieBaseballHallofFame

    No hate but is homeboy albino?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
      • DonnieBaseballHallofFame

        Great googly moogly. Maybe he will only be eligible for night games.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          He is quite LarryBirdesque.

          • DonnieBaseballHallofFame

            He makes Larry Bird look like Yaphet Kotto.

            There is an actor who looks just like this kid but I can not recall his name or what movies he was in.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              We’re gonna have to make sure Hoffmann and Mark Melancon don’t stand near each other during the team photo. That would cause some nasty glare effects.

              • DonnieBaseballHallofFame

                He is the anti Hensley Mullens.

              • larryf

                I stood next to Melancon after a game at Durham. Jaime-you’re no Melancon!

    • Thomas

      It’s not his fault. He is from Minnesota where it is winter and snowing all year, so he never gets to see sunlight.

      • DonnieBaseballHallofFame

        Getting him outta LA might put years on his life. He is going to be our go to designated dome player.

        • Trent

          He’s Duncan with less power.

          • DonnieBaseballHallofFame

            If Jamie Hoffmann and Phil Hughes could some how procreate you would end up with = http://bit.ly/4I57Yu

  • Rose

    Update: And please don’t get too off track with this…but this is only to answer a question I’ve seen on several threads regarding Curtis Granderson, Joe Girardi, and the #28. You don’t have to respond. This is just an FYI.

    Q: You wear No. 28, and Joe Girardi is rumored to be wearing that number next season … do you have a backup plan?

    A: From what I last heard, his daughter wanted him to wear 28, butI’m not sure if he selected it yet. I’ve wore 28 in college, but my first year in pro ball I was 19, and I wore 23 and 26, too. If I have a chance to wear 28, I’ll want to get it, but if I have to wear something else, I can do that.

    Q&A with new Yankee Curtis Granderson
    http://thebiglead.com/?p=30970

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Count me in the “Joe should stay with #27″ camp.

      • larryf

        Girardi to Curtis:

        “Nothing would be grander-son than you wearing #28″

      • Evil Empire

        Yup. He says he wants it, so he should have it.

    • DonnieBaseballHallofFame

      I hope Granderson is wearing number 11.

  • Greg

    This guy has no shot to beat out melky or Gardner. Can’t hit

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      And Gardner can?

      • Dwnflfan

        Hoffman’s AAA stats last year translate to a MLE of:
        .217 .282 .339

        So…compared to Hoffman…yes Gardner can hit.

        • Dwnflfan

          Looks like Tarzan, hits like Jane.

      • XLJ

        Gardner hit 270 with a 345 obp with 26 steals this year and played solid defense. I dont know why the yanks need to replace him. That is good production from a bench player.

        Hoffmann has more power but he will not hit for a better average than Gardner in the spring.

    • themgmt

      And Melky can?

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        Big fan of Melky?

    • Slu

      Thank you. There is nothing to see here. This guy won’t make the team and is strictly insurance. He will be back in LA or in AAA.

  • Accent Shallow

    Hey, another opportunity to mention that Matt Palmer is a cheating piece of shit without going off topic? I’ll freaking take it. Thanks Jamie, bash that scrub back to the minors. See if his wife enjoys living on less than 20K a year.

    I think Hoffman can be a useful player, and unlike Palmer, I bear him no ill will.

  • Joseph M

    This Hoffmann thing could have something else behind it, first they didn’t really give up very much and they picked up a player that Joe Torre wrote off. Cashman may be looking to rub Torre’s nose in it if the Yanks can somehow turn this kid into something.

  • Alan

    That can’t be true with the Torre comment. This guy didn’t make the Dodgers 40 man roster and a Dodger executive says he has a mechanical flaw in his hitting technique

    • Joseph M

      Cashman has had his mojo working since the Yanks won the Series,
      he said Torre’s book was garbage in a recent interview with Mike Francesa, you got to know he would love to develop a prospect that Torre rejected.

      Hoffmann is low risk, he probably won’t amount to much but he really didn’t cost anything so we’ll see what happens.

  • Alan

    Wonder if the Yankees regret getting rid of Juan Riviera. When healthy , he has put up some decent numbers, Remember that trade before the ’04 season – Nick Johnson (good hitter) and Juan Riviera for Javir Vasquez who only lasted 1 year as as Yankee.

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  • Amol

    So I doubt anyone’s paying attention to this thread at this point, but I’m shocked that noone made the obvious suggestion for how Hoffman could fit in the teams plans for next year; as Brett Gardner’s platoon partner.

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