Results tagged ‘ Jamie Hoffmann ’
Could he help a major-league team?
Hoffmann’s the type of outfielder who would make a good fourth outfielder, if you’re looking for your fourth outfielder to not hurt you. Unfortunately for him, he wouldn’t help you much, either — he sort of does everything right at replacement level. He’d hit around .270, with a reasonable number of walks. He’d hit 10-12 home runs in a full season. As a runner, he’s neither a burner nor as slow as the Pawtucket Red Sox would have you believe.
Hoffmann began the year as a regular outfielder for the Tides, but when the Orioles promoted L.J. Hoes and signed Nate McLouth, he was relegated to the fourth outfielder role. He regained his starting role when McLouth was promoted to Baltimore.
Hoffmann declared free agency at the end of spring training 2012, when Colorado tried to remove him from their 40-man roster, He signed with the Orioles and was one of two players to stay with Norfolk the entire season. He was declared a free agent after the season and has signed with the New York Mets.
Yesterday’s Tides game was a “business special”, a weekday game that started at 12:15 PM. Hence, I was unable to attend the game to score it and could only listen to the radio broadcast at my office. Late in the game, the Tides broadcasters mentioned that it seemed that Tides outfielder Jamie Hoffmann hit a lot of fly balls and not very many ground balls. Broadcasters in general are focused on the immediate and their memories aren’t necessarily the most accurate, so I thought I’d look at my scoresheets from this year and see if Hoffman did, in fact, hit more fly balls than ground balls.
Before I present my results, I have a couple of notes. I have scored nine Tides games so far this year, and interestingly Hoffmann has played in every one of them. I’m basing this survey on those nine games plus yesterday’s game. Second, I’m following the general Baseball Info Solutions definition of “ground ball”, which is any ball which did or would have hit the ground before an infielder could have fielded it. So, some hard-hit balls which may have hit the ground deep in the infield dirt would be counted as a fly ball while some observers would count it as a ground ball. I’m also counting line drives as fly balls, although for some other reviews I would count line drives separately.
In the ten games I’m tracking, Hoffmann had 44 plate appearances. That may seem a little high, but the ten games include the 14-inning game vs. Charlotte and the 12-inning game vs. Louisville. Of those 44 plate appearances, the results are as follows:
So, of the balls Hoffmann puts in play, 8 have been ground balls and 23 — almost three times as many — have been fly balls — 74.2% have been fly balls. He’s significantly more likely to get a hit on a fly ball than on a ground ball. So, the Tides radio broadcasters were right — Jamie Hoffmann has hit significantly more fly balls than ground balls.