Could he help a major-league team?
Hoffmann’s the type of outfielder who would make a good fourth outfielder, if you’re looking for your fourth outfielder to not hurt you. Unfortunately for him, he wouldn’t help you much, either — he sort of does everything right at replacement level. He’d hit around .270, with a reasonable number of walks. He’d hit 10-12 home runs in a full season. As a runner, he’s neither a burner nor as slow as the Pawtucket Red Sox would have you believe.
Hoffmann began the year as a regular outfielder for the Tides, but when the Orioles promoted L.J. Hoes and signed Nate McLouth, he was relegated to the fourth outfielder role. He regained his starting role when McLouth was promoted to Baltimore.
Hoffmann declared free agency at the end of spring training 2012, when Colorado tried to remove him from their 40-man roster, He signed with the Orioles and was one of two players to stay with Norfolk the entire season. He was declared a free agent after the season and has signed with the New York Mets.