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JJ Hoover | Relief Pitcher | #60

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/13/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 246
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Calhoun (AL) CC
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 10 (0) / ATL
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JJ Hoover won his arbitration case against the Reds and will make $1.4 million in 2016.
There was only a $175,000 difference between figures exchanged by the two sides last month, but they were unable to avoid a hearing and Hoover wound up being victorious. The reliever is the favorite to serve as the Reds' closer in 2016, so his arbitration cost is going to rise rapidly if he hangs on to that job. Feb 5 - 12:45 PM

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Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday that JJ Hoover is "certainly a front-runner" to become the team's closer, but the job won't be handed to him.

Hoover was the club's best reliever not named Aroldis Chapman last season, so it stands to reason that he'd slide into the ninth inning with Chapman no longer around. However, Price indicated that there would be a competition for the gig. "I’m going to wait and see," Price said. "I think he’s certainly a front-runner for this opportunity, but I don’t think I’m quite ready to be assigning roles for on the team just quite yet. We’ll see what the final roster looks like coming out of spring training. He’s absolutely in contention for the position." Jumbo Diaz is another potential option to close for the Reds, but Hoover looks like the clear favorite.
Jan 29 - 9:50 AM

JJ Hoover requested $1.4 million and was offered $1.225 million by the Reds when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.

With the gap between the two sides manageable, there's a decent chance they settle around $1.3 million rather than going to arbitration. Hoover posted a terrific 2.94 ERA and 1.17 WHIP for the Reds in 2015 and could be in the mix for save chances with Aroldis Chapman out of the picture.
Jan 15 - 6:20 PM

JJ Hoover got the final three outs of Wednesday's win against the Pirates, recording his first save of the season.

Regular closer Aroldis Chapman was placed on the paternity leave list on Monday and is expected to rejoin the team on Thursday. Hoover had no issue carving through the bottom of the Pirates' lineup, getting Jordy Mercer to line out, then recording back-to-back strikeouts of Chris Stewart and Jung Ho Kang. Chapman has been bandied about in trade rumors, so Hoover's performance Wednesday is certainly not for nothing -- he could become the Reds' eventual closer if Chapman were to be dealt.
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 10:36:00 PM

Reds recalled RHP JJ Hoover from Triple-A Louisville.

Hoover has had a rough year, posting a 5.27 ERA with 29 walks and 10 home runs allowed over 54 2/3 innings. He'll hope to finish the season on a high note.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 10:04:00 AM

Reds optioned RHP JJ Hoover to Triple-A Louisville.

This move was long overdue. Hoover came into this season boating a 2.61 ERA over his first 97 major league appearances, but he's done his best pitching machine imitation in going 1-10 with a 5.26 ERA over 46 appearances in 2014. You'd like to think he'd come back next month when rosters expand, but priority No. 1 will be getting his head straight on the farm, or ascertaining if he's been trying to gut through an injury.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 05:10:00 PM

J.J. Hoover imploded in the ninth inning Saturday, giving up a walk-off grand slam to Ike Davis to lose to the Mets.

After entering the ninth inning with a 3-2 lead, Hoover failed to retire any of the four batters he faced. He walked two in the inning, including Ruben Tejada, who was trying to give him an out with a sacrifice bunt. Davis then launched a ball over the right field fence to end it. Jonathan Broxton (forearm) should get most of the save chances once he comes off the disabled list early next week, but we probably won't see Hoover in the ninth inning anytime soon. Sam LeCure figures to get the next opportunity.
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 04:44:00 PM

J.J. Hoover allowed one run in his only inning of work against the Brewers on Thursday.

Hoover recently became a candidate for saves as the Reds suffered injuries to relievers Aroldis Chapman, Jonathan Broxton, and Sean Marshall. However, Hoover has had struggles all spring. Thursday's outing, in which he allowed two hits and walked two, leaves him with a 5.63 ERA and a 4/7 K/BB ratio in eight innings.
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 05:15:00 PM

J.J. Hoover allowed three runs in an inning of work in the Reds' 8-3 loss to the Indians on Monday.

Hoover was done in by a two-out, three-run home run by Jason Kipnis in the sixth inning. The right-hander is one of the Reds' options to close out games with Aroldis Chapman, Jonathan Broxton, and Sean Marshall all on the shelf. Hoover, though, hasn't exactly looked sharp this spring.
Mon, Mar 24, 2014 07:09:00 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Friday that he's unlikely to name a closer while Aroldis Chapman (head) is on the disabled list.

Chapman is expected to miss at least the first month of the season and likely more. With Jonathan Broxton (forearm) and Sean Marshall (shoulder) also slated to open the season on the DL, Price listed JJ Hoover, Sam LeCure, Logan Ondrusek and Manny Parra as possible options for saves. Hoover seems likely to get the first chance.
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 11:49:00 AM

J.J. Hoover tossed a perfect seventh inning against the Rangers on Thursday.

With Aroldis Chapman on the disabled list, the Reds will go with a closer-by-committee which will include Hoover, Jonathan Broxton, and Sean Marshall. Hoover has a 1.80 ERA on the spring, but he also has only two strikeouts with five walks in five Cactus League innings.
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 06:44:00 PM

JJ Hoover has been unscored upon in his last 21 appearances.

It covers 24 2/3 innings, which is the longest active streak in the majors. Hoover has struck out 29 while allowing just 11 hits and seven walks over the span. The right-hander credits a mechanical adjustment for his success, though he wouldn't reveal exactly what he changed. "I don't want to say what it was," he said. "It was small and minor, but it makes a world of difference."
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 09:22:00 AM

JJ Hoover allowed a hit and a walk but struck out the side in his inning of work against the Royals Thursday.

Hoover entered camp probably on the outside looking for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen, but he's earned his placement on the roster with a 1.80 ERA and 19/2 K/BB ratio over 10 spring innings. He'll probably begin the season working earlier in the game but could eventually find himself helping to set up for Aroldis Chapman.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 07:28:00 PM

JJ Hoover notched his first career save with a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Pirates.

With Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall having both appeared in back-to-back games, Reds manager Dusty Baker chose to give Hoover a shot, and he responded with a relatively pain-free ninth inning that included a strikeout of Jose Tabata to end it. He might not get another save chance, but it's clear Hoover, who now holds a 2.08 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over 23 appearances, is moving up the pecking order.
Wed, Sep 12, 2012 10:48:00 PM

Reds recalled RHP JJ Hoover from Triple-A Louisville.

Hoover had a 3.00 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 19/8 K/BB ratio in 18 innings with the Reds earlier this season. He should do well in a middle relief role down the stretch.
Thu, Aug 23, 2012 03:58:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Tucker Barnhart
3Ramon Cabrera
4Jordan Pacheco
1B1Joey Votto
2Brandon Allen
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Jose Peraza
SS1Zack Cozart
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
3Carlos Triunfel
3B1Eugenio Suarez
LF1Adam Duvall
2Scott Schebler
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Tyler Holt
3Jake Cave
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Homer Bailey
2Anthony DeSclafani
3Raisel Iglesias
4Brandon Finnegan
5John Lamb
6Michael Lorenzen
7Keyvius Sampson
8Jon Moscot
9Salvatore Romano
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1JJ Hoover
2Jumbo Diaz
3Tony Cingrani
4Caleb Cotham
5Blake Wood
6Carlos Contreras
7Stephen Johnson
8Chris O'Grady
9Dayan Diaz
10J.C. Ramirez
11Ryan Mattheus
12A.J. Morris
13Pedro Villarreal