J.J. Hoover

J.J. Hoover #60

  • P
  • B/T: R/R
  • 6' 3"/240
  • Age: 28


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Pitches: Strikes, Balls


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J.J. Hoover Stats

8-2 2.94 64.1 52 1.17

J.J. Hoover MLB Career Stats

15-17 3.34 223.2 225 1.18

J.J. Hoover Bio

  • Full Name: James Allen Hoover
  • Born: 8/13/1987 in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Draft: 2008, Atlanta Braves, 10th rd. (310th overall)
  • College: Calhoun Community College
  • Debut: April 25, 2012
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2015 Stats 8 2 2.94 67 0 1 64.1 52 1.17
MLB Career Stats 15 17 3.34 218 0 5 223.2 225 1.18

J.J. Hoover Four-seam FB Statcast Averages

Year Team LG NP Pitch Type Avg Pitch Speed (mph) Avg Perceived Speed (mph) Avg Spin Rate (rpm) Avg Extension (feet) Avg Exit Velocity (mph)
2015 Reds NL 769 Four-seam FB 93.96 93.32 2361.00 6.01 85.80
MLB Avg - - - Four-seam FB 92.90 92.54 2213.00 6.16 89.87


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J.J. Hoover Fantasy News

February 5, 2016 at 3:12 PM ET

Hoover wins arbitration case

For the first time in more than a decade, the Reds on Thursday argued in an arbitration hearing against one of their players in reliever J.J. Hoover.

January 8, 2016 at 6:25 PM ET

Hoover hopes to secure ninth-inning gig

Replacing Aroldis Chapman as a closer will be no easy task, but reliever J.J. Hoover very much wants that job in 2016.


J.J. Hoover Awards

AFL Rising Stars

Year Team League
2011 Surprise AFL

Baseball America Triple-A All-Star

Year Team League
2013 Louisville INT

SOU Mid-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2011 Mississippi SOU

CAR Pitcher of the Week

Week Team League
06/01/2010 Myrtle Beach CAR
08/23/2010 Myrtle Beach CAR

CAR Mid-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2010 Myrtle Beach CAR

SAL Mid-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2009 Rome SAL

J.J. Hoover Leaderboards


Season SV Rank
2013 3 24th in NL


Season G Rank
2013 69 21st in NL
2015 67 25th in NL


Season HLD Rank
2015 18 16th in NL

J.J. Hoover Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
September 2, 2014 Cincinnati Reds recalled RHP J.J. Hoover from Louisville Bats.
August 21, 2014 Cincinnati Reds optioned RHP J.J. Hoover to Louisville Bats.
August 23, 2012 Cincinnati Reds recalled J.J. Hoover from Louisville Bats.
June 22, 2012 Cincinnati Reds optioned J.J. Hoover to Louisville Bats.
April 24, 2012 Cincinnati Reds recalled J.J. Hoover from Louisville Bats.
April 1, 2012 Cincinnati Reds traded 3B Juan Francisco to Atlanta Braves for RHP J.J. Hoover.
April 1, 2012 Cincinnati Reds optioned J.J. Hoover to Louisville Bats.
March 19, 2012 Atlanta Braves optioned J.J. Hoover to Gwinnett Braves.
November 16, 2011 Atlanta Braves selected the contract of J.J. Hoover from Gwinnett Braves.
August 9, 2011 J.J. Hoover assigned to Gwinnett Braves from Mississippi Braves.
May 25, 2011 J.J. Hoover assigned to Mississippi Braves from Gwinnett Braves.
May 17, 2011 J.J. Hoover assigned to Gwinnett Braves from Mississippi Braves.
August 17, 2010 J.J. Hoover assigned to Mississippi Braves from Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
August 17, 2010 J.J. Hoover assigned to Mississippi Braves from Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
April 3, 2010 J.J. Hoover assigned to Myrtle Beach Pelicans from Rome Braves.
July 29, 2009 RHP J.J. Hoover assigned to Rome Braves from Danville Braves.
July 25, 2009 J.J. Hoover assigned to Danville Braves from Rome Braves.
April 18, 2009 J.J. Hoover assigned to Rome Braves from Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
April 17, 2009 RHP J.J. Hoover assigned to Myrtle Beach Pelicans from Rome Braves.

James Allen Hoover Bio Info

Attended Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Alabama...follow on Twitter at @JJ_Hoover.


Made the Opening Day roster for the second straight year...established a career high in strikeouts...began the season with the Reds and went 1-10, 5.27 in 46 apps before he was optioned on 8/21 to Louisville, his first minor league stint since 2012...returned to Cin on 9/2 as 1 of 10 September callups and posted a 2.25era in 8 more apps...his 10 losses tie for the most in history by a Reds reliever for a single season (Harry Gumbert, 10-10 in 1947; Tom Hume, 9-10 in 1980)...in his season debut earned the Reds' first victory of the year in their second game (1-0 on 4/2 vs StL), then lost his last 10 decisions...his 10-game losing streak is the longest in Reds history by a reliever...the previous record for consecutive losses by a Reds reliever was 6, shared by Frank Smith (1954), Tom Hume (1980) and Rob Murphy (1988)...with a 1-10 record became only the second Reds pitcher since 1882 to finish a season with at least 10 losses and fewer than 2 wins (Jim Merritt, 1-11, 1971)...on 7/8 vs Cubs retired all 6 batters by strikeout, a career high for strikeouts in a game and the most by a Reds reliever in a game all season...following a 75-minute rain delay during an 11-4 win on 6/18 at Pit threw a career-high 2.2 innings, made his first career plate appearance (drew a walk off OF Travis Snider) and scored a run.


Made his first Opening Day roster...led the pitching staff in apps...lost his first 5 decisions and won his last 5 decisions...as the Reds battled for a playoff spot posted a 1.69era in his last 14 apps of the season...converted 3-5 save opps...from 6/13-8/19 threw 26.1 scoreless innings over 23 apps, career-high streaks snapped on 8/20 vs Ari when he allowed a grand slam to Paul Goldschmidt...the 23-game scoreless stretch is a franchise record for a righthander...by both innings and games were the longest active streaks in the Major Leagues when snapped...in the 10-inning, 11-4 loss vs StL on 6/9 allowed a career-high 6 runs in 0.2ip...his season ERA in his other 68 apps was 2.07...produced his 3 saves on 5/3 at Chi, 5/5 at Chi and 5/6 at Mia...on 8/13 at Chi celebrated his 26th birthday by throwing a career-high 2.1 innings (0r) to earn the 11-inning, 6-4 win...pitched in the fourth inning of the 6-2 Wild Card playoff loss at Pit, retired his only 2 batters.

2012 On 4/1 was acquired from the Braves in exchange for IF Juan Francisco ... received the Mary E. Barney Award as Louisville's Most Valuable Player and was a Baseball America Class AAA All-Star ... in his Major League debut posted a sterling 2.05era in 28 apps during 2 stints with the Reds (4/24-6/21, 8/23- end of season) ... from 4/24-6/21, while Bill Bray was on the disabled list, posted a 3.00era in 17 apps ... returned on 8/23, when C Devin Mesoraco was optioned to Louisville following a 2-game suspension, and finished the season by posting a 0.71era for the Reds over his last 11 apps (12.2ip, 1er) ... in each of consecutive apps on 6/2 at Hou and 6/5 vs Pit allowed a seasonhigh 2 runs (2.2ip) ... in his other 26 apps of the season posted a 0.96era ... allowed only 2 home runs, both on 6/5 vs Pit (Alex Presley, Casey McGehee) ... in the 4-2 win on 4/25 vs SF made his first career appearance with a scoreless sixth inning ... recorded his first career strikeout in his second appearance, on 4/27 vs Hou (Wandy Rodriguez) ... on 5/26 vs Col earned his first career victory (10-3 win) ... in the 2-1 win on 9/12 vs Pit converted his first career save opportunity ... retired his first batter 20-28 times (71%), stranded 6-11 inherited baserunners (55%) and converted 1-2 save opps ... pitched in Games 2 and 4 of the Division Series vs SF and threw 2.2 hitless innings. 2011 Enters the 2012 season rated as the 12th-best prospect in the Braves farm system by Baseball America...Split time between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett, going a combined 3-6 with a 2.64 ERA in 43 appearances (14 starts), while recording 117 strikeouts in 105.2 IP...His first appearance on the season was out of the bullpen but his next 14 were all starts. Pitched exclusively out of the bullpen beginning on 6/24...Of his 29 relief appearances, he allowed a run in only three, posting a 0.82 bullpen ERA (33 IP/3 ER)...Strung together nine scoreless appearances from 7/5 - 7/26 for Mississippi (8.2 IP)...Ended the season with 14 straight scoreless appearances spanning 17.2 IP (four appearances with MS and the final 10 with GWI)...Made 11 app., all in relief, going 2-1 with an 8.03 ERA and one save for the Surprise Saguaros of the AFL...Had his contract purchased and was added to the Braves 40-man roster on 11/16/11. 2010 Entered the 2011 season as the 10th-best prospect in the Braves organization, according to Baseball America...Went a combined 14-7 with a 3.29 ERA in 28 starts between Myrtle Beach (High-A) and Mississippi (AA)...Struck out 12 batters in 6.0 innings, earning the win in his last start of the season 9/6 at BIR...His 14 wins led all Braves farmhands...Other organizational top 10 rankings include innings pitched (4th, 153.1), strikeouts (3rd, 152), ERA (4th, 3.29), and WHIP (7th, 1.21)...Selected as the organization's July Pitcher of the Month for Myrtle Beach (5-0, 1.22 ERA, 8 BB, 38 K)...Second in the Carolina League with in wins (11) and strikeouts (118)...Was named to the Carolina League League Mid-Season All-Star team and garnered two Carolina League Pitcher of the Week awards (6/1 and 8/23)...Following the season, was rated as the 16th-best prospect in the Carolina League according to Baseball America. 2009 Opened the season with one start at High-A Myrtle Beach, before playing the remainder of the year with Rome (A)...Went a combined 7-6 with a 3.47 ERA and one save...His 150 strikeouts topped Braves farmhands and tied for 14th-most among all minor league pitchers...Other organizational top 10 rankings include fourth in WHIP (1.22), sixth in starter's ERA (3.47) and eighth in innings pitched (137.1)...Selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star team..Made 25 appearances (18 starts) with Rome and logged a team-high 134.1 innings and 148 strikeouts en route to being name the organizational Rome Pitcher of the Year...Was twice the organization's Rome Pitcher of the Month (June; 1-1, 2.88 ERA and August; 3-1, 2.01 ERA)...Recorded first career save 6/2 vs. AUG (3.0 IP, 1 H, 4 K). 2008 Made two relief appearances with Rome (A) in an injury-shortened season...Following the season was named by Baseball America as the 24th-best prospect in the Braves organization.