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Illiana Christian (HS) • IL
6-5 • 235LBS • R/R


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5.25.16 - Purdue recruit, ranked No. 39 in the Illinois Class of 2017. 6-foot-3, 190-pound right-handed pitcher with a projectable, strong frame and squared shoulders. Coiled delivery, works across his body, adds deception for a hitter, rotational, falls off towards first at times. Quick, loose arm action, slightly higher backside elbow. Fastball sat 85-88 mph for most of the start, dropped to 82-85 mph a few times out of the stretch. Fastball flashes arm-side-run and sink when he stays through the baseball and locates down in the zone. Breaking ball, slurve, sweeping action, 10-4 shape, rolling action, struggled to consistently throw it for a strike. Hofstra, high upside right-handed pitcher who should continue to see his velocity climb given his mature frame and quick, loose arm action.

9.28.15 - Verbally committed to Purdue University.

6/8/15 - 6-foot-3, 190-pound, right-handed pitcher, with a strong frame. Works from a high ¾ arm slot, with a long, stiff arm action in back. Tall and fall, online delivery, with a short stride and a closed toe landing. Mechanics similar to Nathan Eovaldi of the Yankees. From the windup fastball sits 85-87 mph. In the stretch fastball sits 83-85 mph. Features a slurve at 72-74 mph. Will continue to improve with maturity on the field.

3/1/20:The 6-foot-5, 250 pound Boilermaker closer didn’t show his best during a two inning appearance in Sunday’s finale against North Carolina. He seemed shaken after the Tar Heels squared up his 91-93 mph fastball early in his outing. UNC continued to sit fastball and knocked him around for eight hits and five runs. His slider was sharp at 79-82 mph, but he left it up in the zone. He also threw a couple of flat 85 mph changeups. Overall, Hofstra’s stuff was solid, but his location was not. Entering the tournament with a 0.00 ERA, one bad outing in Minneapolis will not ruin his season or draft value. He’s likely to rebound and be considered during Day Two this June.

4/27/19:Hofstra is enjoying a strong sophomore campaign for the Boilermakers, racking up 36 strikeouts in 29.2 innings of work while holding opponents to a combined .194 average. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound righty is an imposing sight on the mound and matches his domineering presence with an equally aggressive approach. His fastball works well in the 90-to-92 mph range (touching 93 in my most recent look) with good angle and some ride up in the zone. His low-80s slider is a quality breaker with tilted action and tunnels well off the fastball, making it a quality chase pitch when ahead in the count – particularly away to right-handed bats. The righty showed the ability to turn over a changeup between innings but did not utilize it in game action. Hofstra has the size, simple mechanics and three-pitch foundation to transition into a starter's role, making him an intriguing follow for the summer (either on the Cape or with the Collegiate National Team) and a definite name to know for the 2020 draft class. While he showed no issues at all attacking the zone in my look, his 2019 production shows a proclivity for free passes (21 walks in 29.2 innings), which will need to be sorted if he's to succeed in a rotation long term. (Faleris)

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