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JJ Hoover | Relief Pitcher | #60

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/13/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Calhoun (AL) CC
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 10 (0) / ATL
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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. Apr 20 - 4:04 PM

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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

Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday that JJ Hoover will open the season as the team's closer.

To be more precise, Price said the job is "Hoover's to lose." The 28-year-old right-hander registered a cool 2.94 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 64 1/3 innings last season for Cincinnati, vulturing one save from the now-departed Aroldis Chapman. This is going to be a bad Reds team and the organization is undergoing an aggressive rebuild, so we'd count on changing roles up and down the roster in 2016. Hoover will probably become trade bait himself if he gets off to a hot start.
Feb 18 - 12:18 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Tucker Barnhart
3Jordan Pacheco
4Ramon Cabrera
5Kyle Skipworth
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
SS1Zack Cozart
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
3B1Eugenio Suarez
LF1Scott Schebler
2Adam Duvall
3Juan Duran
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Tyler Holt
RF1Jay Bruce
2Yorman Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Homer Bailey
2Anthony DeSclafani
3Raisel Iglesias
4John Lamb
5Alfredo Simon
6Brandon Finnegan
7Michael Lorenzen
8Dan Straily
9Jon Moscot
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1JJ Hoover
2Tony Cingrani
3Caleb Cotham
4Blake Wood
5Ross Ohlendorf
6J.C. Ramirez