GREENVILLE, NC — East Carolina pitcher and top draft prospect Jeff Hoffman will have season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right arm next week.
The school says Dr. James Andrews will perform the elbow ligament replacement procedure on Hoffman, a junior who had missed his last two starts because of arm soreness.
Hoffman is ranked as the No. 5 prospect by Baseball America for the June draft.
Hoffman (3-3) had a 2.94 ERA in 10 starts and ranked fifth in Conference USA with 72 strikeouts. The Latham, NY, native had a season-high 16 strikeouts against Middle Tennessee and 14 strikeouts against Western Kentucky.
Hoffman posted the below comment on his Twitter page:
Thanks everyone for the support. Already looking forward to coming back stronger than ever from this! And believe me. That WILL happen!!🔥⚾️