So much for Manny Ramirez, right? Well, probably not.
Anyway, here's some of what John Sickles had to say this spring about young Hoffmann, a 24-year-old outfielder:
Jamie Hoffmann looks like he has a future as a reserve outfielder. Although he doesn't have any overwhelming tools, he does a lot of things on the field. He can swipe a base, shows sparks of power, controls the strike zone reasonably well and is an excellent defensive outfielder. ...Hoffmann should move up to Triple A in '09 and could put up some superficially gaudy numbers ... Don't be tricked into thinking he will be a star, but he should be a useful player. Grade C.
Hoffmann's Triple A stats don't actually look all that gaudy, although he was just moved up from Double A and has all of 41 plate appearances for Albuquerque, a very good place to rack up hitting numbers.
Baseball America didn't think highly enough of young Hoffmann to put him in its prospect book.