ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The 2016 Isotopes roster was released on Sunday, and it is definitely one of the youngest teams that the Isotopes have ever fielded.
“One thing that when you get young players is you expect a lot of energy and you are going to see that. There will be some growing pains, but I think that these guys are excited,” said Isotopes Manager Glenallen Hill.
They do bring in and get back some of the Rockies top prospects, including fourth ranked pitcher Jeff Hoffman.
Hoffman is a power pitcher, sitting in the mid to upper 90’s. The right hander also throws a big swooping curveball and is working in his changeup. Hoffman got into the Rockies organization through the Troy Tulowitzki trade and is making his AAA debut for the Isotopes.
He is originally from New York and says it is definitely different pitching in Albuquerque.
“I have not pitched in altitude, so it’s going to be new for me, but hopefully I am a fast learner,” said Jeff Hoffman.
Hoffman is a very similar pitcher to former Isotope and now Rockies pitcher Jon Gray, and Hoffman has been keeping in contact with Gray through his time with the Rockies organization.
“I talk to Jon a lot about here and Denver and the differences and what I have to do to be successful here. I mean, when you get down to it me and Jon are the same type of pitcher, hopefully I have the same success he had,” said Hoffman.
The Isotopes start their season on the road, taking on Tacoma on Thursday at 8:05 p.m. They will return home on Friday the 15th to host Tacoma and then Reno in an eight game home stand.