Hoover is Reds Newest Arm

Right hander JJ Hoover will no longer compete with top prospects Julio Teheran, Randall Delgado and Arodys Vizcaino after the Braves traded him to the Reds for third baseman Juan Francisco days before the season opener.

After preseason injuries in the bullpen Cincinnati added depth last week by trading third baseman Juan Francisco to Atlanta for J.J. Hoover. The 6'3" right hander from Elizabeth, PA was drafted by the Braves in the 10th round of the 2008 draft out of Calhoun County (AL) Community College. The 25 year old progressed steadily through the Brave's system and a strong showing last year earned him a promotion to AAA Gwinnett before the end of his third full professional season. After arrival he was added to the Reds 40 man roster before beginning the year at Louisville.

He was used as a starter in 61 of his 100 appearances in the Braves organization. At AA Mississippi he put up a 2.48 ERA & 1.069 WHIP before his promotion to Gwinnett where 10 of his 12 games were in relief. Over his combined season with the two teams he struck out 117 hitters in 106 innings with a K/BB ratio of 2.93. Though he's had success as a starter, the move to the pen seems to have been a good one for him. He struck out 47 and kept a sub-1 ERA in 24 innings of relief.

The Braves system has three right handers in Scout.com's list of top 100 prospects. That along with Chipper Jones retiring at the end of the season and opening on the DL made Hoover available for minor league slugger Francisco. His fastball reaches the low 90's and he mixes it up with a nice curveball and slider. There is also a changeup in his repertoire. He would be a candidate for a rotation spot in many organizations and may be with the Reds someday. Right now he's in the Bats bullpen where he'll likely remain until he gets a call from the Reds sometime this season.

CincyHardball.com Recommended Stories

  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

Up Next


3 Fans online
    Join The Conversation