At this time, the top four spots in the rotation seem to belong to Jon Gray, German Marquez, Tyler Anderson and Chad Bettis. This leaves one spot for either Hoffman, Kyle Freeland or Antonio Senzatela. Hoffman certainly has the most prospect pedigree of the trio, although his numbers in the majors have left much to be desired. The 25-year-old holds a career 5.65 ERA and 1.53 WHIP to go with a 7.2 K/9. His FIP is 50 points lower than his ERA, but his struggles at Coors Field and his control issues the past two years make him a risky bet heading into 2018. He'll need to pitch well this spring to crack the big-league roster.
Hoffman finished the regular season with a 5.89 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 99.1 innings pitched.
The former pitching prospect struggled mightily following his September callup, sporting a 12.91 ERA and 2.48 WHIP in 7.2 innings in relief. Hoffman's future still lies in the rotation, but he hasn't been able to strike out enough batters to make up for his control issues to this point.
Hoffman was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.
Hoffman returns to the big-league club with the expansion of the roster, and could potentially make his way back into the rotation in the near future. Manager Bud Black hasn't addressed the situation as of yet, but the right-hander has made 16 starts for Colorado this season, with the latest coming against the Braves on Aug. 17.
Hoffman was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.
The Rockies will hit the reset button with Hoffman, who served up four home runs in 4.1 innings Thursday and dropped his fourth straight decision. He has struggled in a major way at home, as most pitchers do at Coors Field, and it's hard to imagine Hoffman will shed the "streamer" label even if he regains his form by September. Colorado could turn to Antonio Senzatela or Tyler Chatwood, or dip into the farm system, to replace Hoffman in the rotation.
Hoffman (6-5) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out a single batter through just 4.1 innings during Thursday's loss to Atlanta.
Hoffman allowed four home runs to the Braves, and he's now allowed 11 bombs through his past nine starts. His 5.30 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 7.2 K/9 are also underwhelming marks, and calling Coors Field home doesn't project to help Hoffman moving forward, either. There is upside for road contests, but being selective with his starts is encouraged. He lines up to face the Royals at Kauffman Stadium next.
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