J.J. Hoover – RHP

Having been a consistent reliever in the Reds bullpen for years, Hoover stepped into the closer role in 2016 and struggled early on. He was optioned to Louisville in May. Prior to this, Hoover has been a staple in the Cincinnati bullpen since 2012. He was extremely effective in 2013 and ’15, posting a WHIP around 1.11. However, in 2015, he saw a drastic drop in K/9 and was no longer missing as many bats, which carried into the 2016 season. Hoover has always been a pitcher who allowed home runs and his FIP has always been higher, but he had worked around it in the past. After struggling down the stretch in the 2015 season, Hoover allowed six home runs and six walks through May of the 2016 season prior to the demotion. Hoover works with a four-seam fastball in the 93 range, with a slider, curve, and change. The slider and the change are in the similar mid to high-80s range, while the curve gives a slower look.

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