Some news today! From Robert Murray:
Sources: Reds acquiring Jeff Hoffman and Case Williams from the Rockies for Robert Stephenson and Jameson Hannah.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) November 25, 2020
Hoffman’s a former 1st rounder picked by Toronto who came to the Rockies in the Troy Tulowitzki deal. He made 15 starts in 2019 with a 6.56 ERA, and was even worse this past year out of the bullpen. Given that Statcast has his fastball spin rate in the 82nd percentile, he seems like a Kyle Boddy reclamation project.
Case Williams is the Rockies’ 4th round pick from this year, a high school arm out of Colorado. Still a ways away, but looking at scouting reports, they talk about... yep, spin rate.
From the Reds’ perspective, it marks the end of the Robert Stephenson era in Cincinnati. As hyped of a pitching prospect as the Reds have had when he made his debut, he struggled early on in the rotation. He made an impact in the bullpen, but was inconsistent there.
Also in the deal is Jameson Hannah, who the Reds picked up in the deal that sent Tanner Roark to Oakland in 2019. Obviously, the Reds didn’t much of a look at him in the month he got to play in the organization.
Seems like a great change-of-scenery deal for the main pieces, but one that ultimately won’t make or break the 2021 team. What do you think?