Former Pirate Hoffman struggles in MLB debut

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Feb 29, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman (74) poses for photo day at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

DENVER (WNCT) – Former East Carolina Pirate Jeff Hoffman made his Major League Baseball debut Saturday evening, taking the mound for the Colorado Rockies.

Unfortunately, the 23-year-old left plenty of room for improvement.

Despite a solid three-inning start, Hoffman lasted just four innings as the starting pitcher for the Rockies against the Chicago Cubs.

Hoffman allowed six earned runs, gave up 7 hits, while striking out two in just four completed innings.

Hoffman pitched at ECU from 2012-2014 and was drafted in the first-round (9th overall) in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player MLB.

The 9th selection is the highest a Pirate, in any sport, has ever been drafted to the professional ranks.

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