January 22nd, 2014
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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA — Former South Troy Dodger teammates Jeff Hoffman and Brandon Cogswell have been named Pre-Season All-Americans by Perfect Game. Perfect Game, the largest baseball scouting organization in the world, announced its All-American selections on Monday.
Former South Troy Dodger Jeff Hoffman is expected to be the #2 overall pick in this year’s MLB Draft
Hoffman, a highly touted right-handed pitcher at East Carolina, garnered First-Team All-America honors. Hoffman is widely regarded by baseball experts to be the #2 overall prospect in this year’s MLB Draft behind only Carlos Rodon of North Carolina State. According to Perfect Game, Hoffman is one pitcher who could unseat Rodon as the top overall pick in this summer’s MLB draft. Hoffman, a 6-foot-4, 192-pounder, has elite stuff, and East Carolina coach Billy Godwin feels like he has a chance to put all the puzzle pieces together once and for all this spring. Hoffman has a fastball anywhere from 94-97, with the ability to touch 98, while he possesses a good low-80s curveball and developing low-80s changeup. Perhaps no pitcher includes as much intrigue entering the spring as Hoffman.
For Hoffman, it’s his second selection to an All-America squad this spring following his third-team designation by Collegiate Baseball back on Dec. 26.
As a sophomore in 2013, Hoffman went 6-7 with a 3.20 ERA earning Second-Team All C-USA honors. The Latham, N.Y. native led the Pirates in quality starts (11), innings pitched (109 2/3), strikeouts (84) and quality starts (11), while ranking second in walk-to-strikeout ratio (0.46).
The right-hander earned C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week accolades for the second time in his career after tossing a complete game, one-hit shutout against North Carolina Central (Mar. 29). Hoffman ranked among the league leaders (all games) in innings pitched (fifth) and strikeouts (84/9th), while standing 98th nationally in strikeouts.
This past summer Hoffman spent his second-straight season playing for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of Cape Cod League, where he was named the 2013 Robert A. McNeece Award winner for Outstanding Pro Prospect. He posted a 2-0 record with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. In four starts he fanned 33 batters, held his opponents to a .217 composite average and posted a 0.15 walk-to-strikeout ration.
His finest start of the summer came July 17 against Orleans, in which he threw 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball, scattering three hits, walking one and striking out 11 batters. The performance was enough to earn him Coca-Cola Pitcher-of-the-Week honors.
Former South Troy Dodger and current University of Virginia stand-out Brandon Cogswell is rated as the #2 college shortstop in this year’s MLB Draft
Cogswell as a South Troy Dodger during the 2010 Connie Mack Qualifier at Geer Park
University of Virginia shortstop, Brandon Cogswell, received 2nd Team Perfect Game All-American honors. Cogswell was a second-team All-ACC honoree in 2013 when he hit .346 in 47 games out of the leadoff position. He had a team-high 63 hits on the year when he was sidelined in early May with a broken finger that kept him out the rest of the season. At the time of his injury, he ranked fifth nationally in runs per game (1.17) and 20th in walks per game (0.81), and he finished the year 10th in the ACC in batting. Cogswell was also recently touted by Baseball America as the #2 rated collegiate shortstop in this year’s MLB Draft. Cogswell is projected as a third to fifth round selection.
Hoffman and Cogswell headline what is anticipated to be a record class of former South Troy Dodgers expected to be selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.