Braves Quote For The Day ... Damn, Hoover

Don't forget about JJ Hoover, perhaps the forgotten arm in the Atlanta Braves system. John Sickels gives us a rundown of Hoover's prospect status:

He returned to Triple-A Gwinnett in late July and has performed extremely well in the bullpen, throwing 13.2 shutout innings since converting to relief, with a 26/6 K/BB and just four hits allowed.

Overall this year, he's pitched 105.2 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, with a 2.64 ERA and a 117/40 K/BB with 77 hits allowed.Hoover has the four classic pitches: fastball, curveball, slider, changeup.

His heater is a tick above average in the low 90s, but works well due to the contrast with his secondary pitches. All three of his non-fastball offerings are rated as solid major league average. Although he doesn't have a genuine plus pitch, none of them are weak, arsenal is diverse, he mixes them well, throws strikes, and has been extremely durable in his career. He's maintained his strikeout rate and K/BB ratios at each level, and he's never had a serious injury. He is a strong fly ball pitcher, but doesn't give up an excessive number of home runs.

Read the full prospect review at Minor League Ball...
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