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Hoffman Picked 9th In MLB Draft
Latham, NY - The Toronto Blue Jays used the 9th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Player Draft Thursday on East Carolina University right-handed pitcher Jeff Hoffman out of Shaker High School.
Hoffman is recovering from Tommy John surgery, which was performed last month by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, AL.
The 6'4", 195 pound 21-year-old is expected to make a full recovering by the summer of 2015, then begin his climb through the Jays' minor league system.
The only Section II player ever drafted higher than Hoffman was Tim Stauffer (Spa Catholic/University of Richmond) who went No. 4 overall to the Padres in 2003.
Hoffman opened the door for a record-tying four Section II products taken in the first ten rounds of an MLB Draft. On Friday, Oakland drafted Branden Cogswell (Shenendehowa/Virginia) in the 7th round. Three picks later St. Louis took Brian O'Keefe (Colonie/Saint Joseph's). San Francisco then drafted Matt Gage (Broadalbin-Perth/Siena) in the 10th round.
The 2014 MLB Draft will hold rounds 11 through 40 on Saturday, with several more Section II products on the board.