Trevor Hoffman

Hall of Fame, class of 2018

 

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Hoffman was an infielder coming out of the University of Arizona, and the Reds picked him in the 11th round of the 1989 draft. They sent him to play for the Billings Mustangs that summer, and then to the Charleston Wheelers of the Sally League in 1990. While in Charleston, his coach grew tired of his shortstop overthrowing first base with fastballs, and made the pitch to convert him to the mound. By ‘91, he was pitching full time in the Midwest League for the Cedar Rapids Reds, and earned a mid-season promotion to Double-A Chattanooga. He started ‘92 with the Lookouts, but was quickly sent west to Nashville, where he closed out the season with the Sounds. After the season, the Florida Marlins stole him from Cincy in the expansion draft. A new team needs players, and Hoffman joined the Marlins out of spring training in 1993.

 

Minor league teams that Trevor Hoffman played for en route to the majors:

  • Billings Mustangs (Pioneer League)
  • Charleston Wheelers (South Atlantic League)
  • Cedar Rapids Reds (Midwest League)
  • Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern League)
  • Nashville Sounds (American Association)

 

 

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The young infielder went to Montana after the ’89 draft

 

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In West Virginia, shortly before converting to pitching

 

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One of my favorite minor league cards of all time.

 

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Pitching in the Midwest League

 

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Tearing up the Southern League

 

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Hoffman ended the 1992 season in Nashville, shortly before being picked in the expansion draft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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