Most of that time has been spent in the Braves AA affiliate Mississippi, where his ERA is a sterling 2.56. His two starts in AAA Gwinnett were something to forget, but he still has plenty of time to work on the kinks he showed there.
Hoover’s main strength isn’t a dominant pitch, but instead he is a durable big guy that many believe could have been a 200-innings pitcher in the big league. He was moved to the bullpen earlier this year and has been fantastic so far.
That’s not say that he doesn’t have good pitches, it’s just more that he is solid across the board. Hoover throws a low-90s fastball with an above average curve that is at times a plus pitch. He also throws a solid change, but none of his pitches are dominant. Instead he gets by with good control and he doesn’t give up the long ball. When you don’t walk people or give up many easy runs on homers, you have a chance to be very successful.
Coming out of the bullpen now, Hoover has a lot of value and he may even make it to the big league this season. The Braves are in need of some help from the right handed side out of the bullpen, and he could be that piece as the season gets deeper.
If not, then Hoover has a great chance to make the big league roster next year and stay there for years to come. He turns 24 on August 13, but he’s still more than young enough to have a long career out of the bullpen. He could definitely be a guy that they bring back in as a starter at some point and can really depend on.