J.J. Hoover, Relief Pitcher, Arizona Diamondbacks
Date of Birth: 8/13/1987
Birthplace: Elizabeth, Pennsylvania
College: Calhoun Community College
J.J. Hoover, relief pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, was first drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2008. He played in the Braves' minor league system from 2008 through 2011. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds on April 1, 2012.
Hoover joined the Reds for 28 games in 2012. He had one save and a 2.05 ERA in 30.2 innings. The following season, he played in a career high 69 games and he had a 5-5 record, 3 saves, 67 strikeouts to 26 walks, and a 2.86 ERA in a career high 66.0 innings. In 2014, his ERA went up to 4.88. That season, he pitched 62.2 innings in 54 games and he had a 1-10 record and a career high 75 strikeouts to 31 walks. His ERA went down again in 2015 and he finished the season with an 8-2 record, 1 save, and a 2.94 ERA in 64.1 innings in 67 games.
In 2016, Hoover spent most of the season in the minors. He pitched 18.2 innings in 18 games with the Reds and he had a 13.50 ERA.
Hoover became a free agent on October 12, 2016. He signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks on January 10, 2017.
Career pitching statistics for Hoover through 2016 include:
- 236 games played
- 242.1 innings pitched
- 16-19 win-loss record
- 240 strikeouts to 113 walks
- 4.12 ERA