J.J. Hoover RP CIN 3 weeks ago

Hoover was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Saturday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Reds announced a series of moves Saturday afternoon, and Hoover will head to Triple-A as right-hander Drew Hayes comes up from Louisville to assume his spot on the roster. Hoover struggled mightily in 12 appearances for the Reds, conceding 19 hits and 17 earned runs across just 10.2 innings.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 1 month ago

Hoover claims to have made an adjustment during Sunday's side session that could potentially address the issues that the reliever has been having with hard contact, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Although Hoover failed to note exactly what the adjustment was, Buchanan suggests that he may have been tipping his pitches. If that turns out to be the case, there could be a notable improvement on tap for the former closer that has surrendered 13 earned runs over his first six innings of the season. Pitching to contact has been problematic this year for Hoover, as he enters Sunday with a career-high 28 percent line drive rate. If he can bring that down to his career average of right around 20 percent, it would be a good first step in ultimately earning back ninth-inning duties.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 1 month ago

Hoover endured another shellacking by the Cubs on Friday night, giving up four runs while retiring just two batters. He gave up his fourth homer of the year to Javier Baez leading off the inning, and later gave up three consecutive doubles.

Competitive Edge Analysis

At this point, one has to wonder if something is physically wrong with Hoover, beyond merely the gravity of the ninth inning role hanging over him. His ERA climbed to 19.50 after this latest bad outing.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 1 month ago

Hoover will not be the sole closer for the Reds after manager Bryan Price decided that the Reds will go with a closer by committee for the time being, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hoover's hold on the closer role was in question after he gave up nine earned runs in just 5.1 innings of work, and this ends his time as the only closer for the Reds for now. There's a chance that he'll get the ball in the ninth inning if he can put together a couple good outings in the near future, but he'll lose some of those opportunities now to Tony Cingrani, Caleb Cotham, and Blake Wood.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 1 month ago

Manager Bryan Price is still thinking over what he plans to do with the closer role going forward, but Hoover will be unavailable for Wednesday's game after pitching in back-to-back games to start the week, WCPO.com's John Fay reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

All signs point to Hoover being finished, or close to finished as the Reds' closer, as he has allowed runs in four of his eight appearances this year. He has also allowed three home runs, while walking four and striking out four in 5.1 innings, so disaster has seemingly been around every corner. Tony Cingrani and Caleb Cotham figure to be the top options if Price decides to make a change, but Cingrani is the only lefty in the bullpen, and has also allowed five walks in 5.2 innings, while Cotham has just 17.2 MLB innings on his resume, so there are no ideal options for the ninth inning right now in Cincinnati.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 1 month ago

Manager Bryan Price said after Tuesday's win against the Rockies that he would sleep on the decision about whether to remain with Hoover as the team's closer, the Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hoover is on very thin ice at the moment, after allowing a two-run homer before getting the final two outs of Tuesday's win against the Rockies. Tony Cingrani leads the Reds with four holds, and would figure to be the likely replacement if Price decides to switch things up. However, Cingrani has also walked five in 5.2 innings. Caleb Cotham could be a dark horse candidate, as he is second on the team with three holds and has not allowed a run in eight innings.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 1 month ago

Hoover recorded his first save of the season Saturday against the Cardinals despite allowing a two-run homer by Brandon Moss.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hoover subsequently allowed another baserunner before finally getting out of the inning. His ERA now sits at 17.18. About the best thing he has going for him in terms of job security is the lack of a better alternative presented by the remainder of the Reds bullpen.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 2 months ago

Hoover hasn't allowed an earned run in five major league innings in spring training so far, striking out five while walking two. He remains the Reds' closer heading into the final week of spring training.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hoover keeps getting mentioned as the one stable option in the Reds' bullpen this month, as chaos has reigned supreme in most of their camp. His track record during the regular season isn't so great, however, so he's among the bottom five or so closers in baseball heading into the season.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 3 months ago

Reds manager Bryan Price said the closer job is Hoover's to lose, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Essentially, Price is confirming what many have suspected since the Reds traded Aroldis Chapman to the Yankees. Hoover's 2.94 ERA (4.47 FIP) last season was backed by poor peripherals (7.3 K/9, 4.3 BB/9), putting him on thin ice to retain the ninth-inning role barring improvement. It should be noted, however, that he missed bats at a greater clip in 2014 (10.8 K/9), but his propensity to serve up long balls (1.87 HR/9) ballooned his ERA to 4.88. The Reds aren't overwhelmed with viable alternatives at the moment, but a decision to move a young starter into the bullpen could eventually provide a credible threat to Hoover's hold on the job. One particularly intriguing option is Robert Stephenson, who is expected to receive consideration for a rotation spot this spring.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 4 months ago

Hoover won his arbitration case and signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Reds on Friday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Reds were hoping to only pay Hoover $1.225 million, but the arbitrators ruled in favor of the pitcher. Now that his case is over, Hoover can get back to focusing on locking down the closer job for the Reds.