Starting Pitcher | Retired or Inactive Players
He struggles with his command at times and is still learning to mix his pitches and set up hitters. His fastball gets into the high 80s, but it's the sink that makes the pitch effective. His pitches lose some movement when he pitches from the stretch position. He's almost as effective against lefthanders as he is versus righthanders.
Defense & Hitting
Though he lacks a good pickoff move, he checks the running game with a compact stretch delivery. He tends to fall off slightly to the first-base side of the mound, making him vulnerable to bunts toward third base. He makes up for that minor flaw by being aggressive in fielding his position. Hoke is a surpisingly good hitting pitcher. And I'm not sure you can say this about a pitcher, but Hoke has some pop in his swing. Interesting sidenote, The Retired or Inactive Players have been known to use Hoke as a pinch-runner on occasion.
If Hoke doesn't perform, the Retired or Inactive Players won't hesitate to send him down to the minors. I just don't know if The Retired or Inactive Players are ever going to get what they expect out of him.
-- Moostard Nyman