RYAN SCHMIDT-COACHED BLUE DRAGONS SELECTED IN THE MLB DRAFT
|Matt Jones||Los Angeles Dodgers||2014||25||759|
|Logan Landon||Los Angeles Dodgers||2015||10||312|
|Kyle Simonds||Washington Nationals||2016||14||424|
|Tanner Raiburn||Boston Red Sox||2017||33||1,001|
|Shane Cooper||Detroit Tigers||2017||37||1,115|
|Nolan Hoffman||Seattle Mariners||2018||5||148|
Blue Dragon Sports Information
Hutchinson Community College Baseball's all-time leader in strikeouts is now a Major League Baseball draftee.
Former Blue Dragon pitcher Nolan Hoffman became the 35th player in team history to be selected in the MLB Draft on Tuesday in the second day of the MLB Draft.
Hoffman was taken in the fifth round by the Seattle Mariners with the 148th overall selection. He is the first Dragon to be drafted by the Mariners since David Holman in 2010.
Hoffman is the fourth-highest selected Blue Dragon in MLB Draft history. Jim Rosenbohm was taken in the second round of the 1992 draft. Aaron Marsden was a third-round selection in 2003 and Aaron Pribanic was a third-rounder in 2008. Hoffman is the seventh Blue Dragon player drafted in the top 10 rounds.
Hoffman's selection marks the fifth-straight season that a Blue Dragon player has been selected in the MLB Draft. Hoffman is the sixth former player coached by current head coach Ryan Schmidt to be drafted.
A native of Lincoln, Nebraska (Lincoln Southeast), Hoffman was a two-year starter in the weekend rotation for the Blue Dragons in 2016 and 2017. After two stellar seasons at Hutch, Hoffman made some major changes to his motion and arm slot at Texas A&M in 2018.
Now throwing sidearm, Hoffman's velocity has improved into the mid-90s and he also throws a much-improved slider and change from the arm slot. Hoffman wound up leading the Southeastern Conference in saves with a Texas A&M single-season record-tying 14 saves.
Hoffman was 3-1 in 33 relief appearances with a 1.15 ERA. In 55 innings pitched, Hoffman allowed 50 hits, 12 runs, only seven earned and 12 walks. He struck out 54.
Hoffman is a National Pitcher of the Year semifinalist.
As a No. 1 weekend rotation starters in 2016 and 2017 at Hutchinson, Hoffman was 16-4 in 26 starts with 10 complete games and a 3.38 ERA.
Hoffman's 16 career wins are fourth in the Blue Dragon career charts. He struck out a school career-record 168 batters in 160 innings (second most thrown in team history). He is tied for fifth in complete games.
As a freshman in 2016, Hoffman posted an 8-3 record with a 3.06 earned-run average. He worked a season-high 82 1-3 innings and had a team-high 87 strikeouts to only 24 walks. He also had five complete games and one shutout. Through his first eight starts, Hoffman was 5-1 with a 1.68 ERA.
Hoffman's second career start was a six-inning one-hitter against Northeast Texas. He then threw a seven-inning, three-hit shutout with five strikeouts in a 10-0 win over Rose State. Hoffman tossed three-straight complete games against Cloud County, Butler and Barton in a three-week stretch, earning the decision in all three games.
Hoffman struck out a season-high 10 against Kansas City on May 13 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. He had 13-straight starts with five or more strikeouts and earned all-conference honors.
Hoffman was 8-1 with a 3.71 ERA in leading the Blue Dragons to the 2017 Jayhawk West championship. He had 81 strikeouts in 77 2-3 innings.
In addition to the 35 drafted Blue Dragons, another 12 players were signed as undrafted free agents.