CHARLESTON, SC - On a team filled with teenagers and early twenty-somethings like the Riverdogs, the rare veteran player can prove to be a very important staple in the clubhouse. Relief pitcher Jesse Hoover is in his second stint with the Riverdogs after recovering from a back injury that kept him out of the game for two years.
May 14, 2008
The New York Yankees selected RHP Jesse Hoover in the 5th round of the 2004 draft out of Indiana Tech and he immediately became one of the top pitching prospects in the organization with a dominating performance in Staten Island that same year. Sidelined with a back injury for two years after that, he finally proved he could stay healthy in 2007 with a solid performance in Charleston.
December 26, 2007
Three years ago Jesse Hoover dominated the NY-Penn League with his blazing fastball and plus curveball. Missing two full years since then with a back injury, he says more than anything his goal with Charleston this year - and the first step to truly coming back - is just to prove he can stay healthy.
August 25, 2007
We sat down with Charleston Riverdogs Pitching Coach Carlos Reyes for a Q&A session to find out what he has seen from Ivan Nova in his first full season, what kind of progress Michael Dunn has made from the start of the season, what's going on with Grant Duff's high number of walks, if he thinks Jesse Hoover is close to returning to his old form, and more.
August 9, 2007
We sat down with Charleston Riverdogs Manager Torre Tyson for a Q&A session to get his thoughts on what he has seen from Mitch Hilligoss since his hit streak, why has Josue Calzado turned around his season, if he's surprised Austin Jackson has done well since leaving Charleston, what he likes best about Michael Dunn, and much, much more.
August 7, 2007
Jesse Hoover, one of the Yankees top pitching prospects from the 2004 draft, is back on the mound after two seasons in which he was plagued by back injuries. The 25-year old, right-handed pitcher recently got promoted to the Class-A Charleston Riverdogs with hopes that he will be able to return to the dominant reliever that he was drafted to become.
July 4, 2007
It has been over two and half years since Jesse Hoover was mowing down hitters in the NY-Penn League and putting up video game-like numbers for the Staten Island Yankees. Out with an ailing back since the summer of 2004, he faced lived batters on Wednesday and he's getting set to see his first game action on Saturday.
April 13, 2007
As the Yankees continue to stockpile high-ceiling arms each year, the depth of each pitch continues to grow. In fact, in regards to the curveball alone, the landscape of the Yankees farm system has changed dramatically. Here are the Top Ten Curveballs in the Yankee farm system.
February 26, 2007