Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
Hoover's minor league starting numbers are more than solid. His last season as a full-time starter, as a 22-year-old in A+ and AA, he went 14-7 with a 3.29 ERA with more IP than hits allowed (153.1 - 141). He also had an 8.9 K/9 that season. The only reason he was moved to the pen was because Atlanta had a ton of young starters.
While he's not an ace, he'd be more than adequate as a MOR guy for a few years.
As a bullpen arm, he's a shut-down back-end guy. He's toying with AAA hitters so far this season.
There's absolutely no reason to deal a cheap, effective reliever with above average stuff unless you're receiving a guy that's well above average. Far better to deal the more expensive Arredondo.
What would you get for Arredondo? A rebuilding team wants more years of control. A contender isn't giving a bat. A team with a bat to offer is after a piece for the future. I'd rather deal Hoover than Cingrani, Corcino, H-Rod, Didi or Hamilton. They don't want Ondrusek or Arredondo. A contender might take those guys, but would only offer fringe prospects IMO.
Hoover is a fly ball machine. He looks an awful lot like Sam Lecure to me. Lecure as a 22 Y/O in A+ 3.43 ERA, with 7.3 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9. The Braves knew what they were doing when they moved him to the pen. He went from a fringe AAAA starting prospect to a pretty good back of the bullpen prospect. I doubt he'd draw much interest as a starter.