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JJ Hoover | Relief Pitcher | #60

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/13/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Calhoun (AL) CC
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 10 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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JJ Hoover has elected to become a free agent.
Hoover was pushed off the Reds' 40-man roster in August after surrendering 29 runs -- 28 earned -- in 18 2/3 innings of relief. The 29-year-old right-hander is probably going to be limited to minor league offers this winter. Oct 17 - 11:34 AM

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Reds sent RHP JJ Hoover outright to Triple-A Louisville.

Hoover cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this week. Cincinnati's Opening Day closer hasn't pitched in the major leagues since late June. He's now off the 40-man roster.
Aug 4 - 4:12 PM

Reds optioned RHP JJ Hoover to Triple-A Louisville.

Hoover has allowed 11 runs over his last three appearances and now owns a 13.50 ERA for the year. Keyvius Sampson will take his place in the Reds' bullpen.
Jun 29 - 10:52 AM

Reds recalled RHP JJ Hoover from Triple-A Louisville.

Hoover began the season as the Reds' closer, but he was demoted to Triple-A last month after posting a brutal 14.34 ERA and 2.34 WHIP over 10 2/3 innings. He had a 3.38 ERA and 13/5 K/BB ratio over 13 1/3 innings during his time in Triple-A and will have to earn his way back into late-inning situations.
Jun 14 - 2:51 PM

Reds optioned RHP JJ Hoover to Triple-A Louisville.

Hoover began the season as the club's closer but was an unmitigated disaster over 10 2/3 innings. He compiled a ghastly 14.34 ERA and 2.34 WHIP while surrendering six home runs. He'll look to turn things around at Triple-A before a potential return later in the season.
May 7 - 3:45 PM

JJ Hoover has been removed from the Reds' ninth-inning role.

Reds manager Bryan Price said he's going to use a committee until a steady option emerges. Tony Cingrani and Blake Wood both struggled on Wednesday afternoon against the Rockies and Hoover had a rough outing Tuesday night. Caleb Cotham, acquired from the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman trade, could be the darkhorse to take over as the Reds' new closer.

Reds skipper Bryan Price said JJ Hoover is unavailable on Wednesday against the Rockies.

Price also said he's still deciding whether to remove Hoover from the club's ninth-inning role. Hoover let up two runs in 2/3 of an inning on Tuesday night and he's sporting a brutal 15.19 ERA in 5 1/3 total innings to open the 2016 season. Tony Cingrani, Blake Wood, or Caleb Cotham could be next in line for save opportunities in Cincinnati. Price might take a committee approach at first.
Apr 20 - 10:50 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price wouldn't commit to JJ Hoover as his closer after Tuesday's game.

Price said he's going to sleep on it. Hoover struggled on Tuesday night against the Rockies, allowing two runs over 2/3 of an inning to close out what wound up being a 4-3 win for the Reds. He has surrendered nine earned runs in 5 1/3 innings this season for an ERA of 15.19. Tony Cingrani is probably the most talented arm in the Cincinnati bullpen, but it's hard to say who might make for a good fantasy stash out of that group. Caleb Cotham, acquired from the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman trade, is off to a pretty good start after generating an impressive line last year at Triple-A. Price would probably go with a committee approach initially if he does officially remove Hoover from the ninth-inning role.
Apr 19 - 10:49 PM

JJ Hoover struggled again Tuesday in a non-save situation, allowing two runs over 2/3 of an inning against the Rockies.

Eschewing the traditional closer mentality, Reds manager Bryan Price used lefty Tony Cingrani to get the first out of the ninth inning in a three-run game before bringing in Hoover. The right-hander got a quick out before a single and a Mark Reynolds two-run homer made things interesting, but he retired Ben Paulsen to end the threat. Hoover owns a 15.19 ERA and 2.25 WHIP through seven appearances and, despite a vote of confidence from Price over the weekend, his hold on the closer job seems tenuous at best.
Apr 19 - 10:28 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said he'll stick with JJ Hoover at closer despite another rough outing Saturday against the Cardinals.

His ERA has skyrocketed from 3.86 to 17.18 over his last two outings. Despite the rough patch, Price isn't ready to throw in the towel on Hoover. "There’s definitely going to be a different feeling entering the game in a save situation as opposed to coming in the eighth or seventh," said Price. "He needs to get acclimated to it. He’ll get better." Hoover was a solid setup man for Aroldis Chapman for several years but is still growing into the closer role. With few options to choose from in a thin Cincinnati pen, Hoover should have a relatively long leash.
Apr 16 - 10:45 PM

JJ Hoover allowed a two-run home run but was able to close out the Cardinals on Saturday for his first save of the year.

Hoover gave up a leadoff double to Matt Holliday and later surrendered a two-run home run to Brandon Moss to cut the lead to one, but after a walk to Jedd Gyorko he got Aledmys Diaz to pop out to end it. It wasn't pretty, but the end result was a save for the right-hander. He owns a 17.18 ERA in five appearances, but with the Reds going nowhere, manager Bryan Price is likely to stick with Hoover through his struggles.
Apr 16 - 6:35 PM

JJ Hoover allowed a go-ahead grand slam to Starling Marte to blow a save and take the loss against the Pirates on Friday.

Replacing Aroldis Chapman isn’t easy. Hoover was asked to get a four-out save after Ross Ohlendorf loaded the bases in the eighth inning, but Marte jumped all over a hanging slider to put the Pirates in front. The veteran right-hander is at the top of the depth charts for saves in Cincy’s bullpen right now, but we’re expecting a bumpy ride.
Apr 8 - 10:49 PM

JJ Hoover struck out one batter over two-thirds of an inning Thursday against the Indians.

Hoover wraps up Cactus League action with a 2.25 ERA and 7/2 K/BB ratio over eight innings. He’ll have the difficult, nay, impossible, task of attempting to fill the shoes of Aroldis Chapman in the Reds’ closer role. We wouldn’t bank on him making it through the summer with the gig. If he defies expectations and takes to the role, there’s a good chance he’s midseason trade bait for the rebuilding Reds.
Mar 31 - 5:48 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price on Saturday said that "if the season started today, it would definitely be (JJ) Hoover" serving as his closer.

Price has mentioned Hoover as the favorite to close ever since Aroldis Chapman was traded, although he still hasn't officially anointed the righty as his ninth-inning man yet. Hoover has been unscored upon in four appearances this spring and it would take a collapse over the next two weeks for him to be booted out of the job.
Mar 20 - 9:33 AM

J.J. Hoover struck out two batters over a scoreless inning of relief Friday against the Athletics.

Following the Aroldis Chapman trade, Hoover is expected to open 2016 as the Reds’ closer. The 28-year-old posted a 2.94 ERA over 67 appearances last season, but he got there with an underwhelming 52/31 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings. While he added some ground balls to the mix, holding leads for rebuilding Cincinnati could be a bumpy ride. It would be no surprise to see someone like Jumbo Diaz eventually get a chance.
Mar 11 - 6:41 PM

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