Prospect Countdown #48 : Adam Hofacket

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #48 : Right-Handed Pitcher, Adam Hofacket (photo : Brian Philbrick)

Adam Hofacket, Right-Handed Pitcher

HT : 6'1
WT : 195
DOB : February 18, 1994 (21), in Corona, California
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : California Baptist University (Riverside, CA)
Acquired : Drafted in 10th Round of 2015 MLB Draft
Last Year's Ranking : Unranked


Every team during every draft takes a player that eventually turns into a hidden gem and contributes towards the Major League club without the pedigree from the amateur years. Adam Hofacket has all the makings of being that for the Angels from this past draft, after joining the team in the 10th round of this past draft. As Hofacket develops through the Angels farm system, he'll become a arm we like more and more, and will have a large focus on moving forward.


SCOUTING REPORT:

Hofacket comes equipped with a pair of fastballs, both that he commands well and uses to create outs. His four-seam saw a velocity peak when he moved from the rotation to bullpen, and saw a few ticks added from his 90-93 MPH to 92-95 MPH as a reliever with some late tailing action. He also has a true sinker that sits in the high 80's and comes in with a near same plane as his four-seam until it reaches the plate creating early and weak contact.

Hofacket has a low 80's changeup and slider, both that Hofacket has shown a feel for. Though the slider isn't commanded as well as the other three pitches, it has some out pitch to it with a good tilt and late dropping motion. Hofacket's changeup is still developing but has some promise to average out and keep batters off balance.

The young right-hander creates good deception in his delivery. In a quick delivery, Hofacket replicates everything well while firing from a 3/4 arm slot. He begins his delivery with a leg kick to around his mid region, and keeps the ball behind him all the way to unloading. Though he has a tendency to throw across his body, he does maintain velocity throughout his work load.

Hofacket is a consistent strike thrower, and has great knowledge of how to attack batters, which could mean a permanent move to the bullpen despite his success as a starter. He took over a closing role immediately and proved to have the mental game to attack batters and take over when the scenario isn't one he created.

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STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN:

After a senior season at Santiago High School in Corona, where Hofacket collected a 1.06 ERA, he joined the Cal Baptist program and shined from his freshman year on. In his three years at CBU, Hofacket collected a 19-12 record, 2.66 ERA, 1.183 WHIP, seven complete games and two shutouts. In his final two seasons, those numbers dropped even more drastically to a 14-8 record, 2.29 ERA, 1.038 WHIP, and .231/.283/.286 opposing slash.

Hofacket was taken from the rotation and put in a closing role once he became a professional last season. He converted eight of nine save opportunities, picking up a win in the game he didn't collect a save, and combined it all with a 3.77 ERA and 1.129 WHIP in a hitter friendly league. Hofacket saw 10 of his 26 outings go for perfect outings, even with some extending beyond an inning.

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EXPECTED FUTURE:

It seems the Angels have given Hofacket a role as a closer, but it doesn't mean he doesn't still have desirable assets as a starter. Usually, pitchers remain starters until they can't prove they can maintain that role longer, which makes us believe Hofacket will return to the rotation in Low-A Burlington next season, a perfect place for him to battle against top notch college bats, some with small proven professional resumes.

There can't be a set ETA or future expectations until we find out what the actual role for Hofacket is. If he remains a closer, the ceiling could be fantastic where his stuff can play out in short stints and he could become a fine piece to a Major League bullpen. If he's a starter, he has everything to become a back end of the rotation arm, so it's very hard to estimate what he'll be. However, he is a safe pick to keep the tools and develop into a Major League talent.



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This article was published by Taylor Blake Ward, who serves as a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.



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