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Even though he had college eligibility still remaining, Hofmann says it was an easy decision to turn pro. Not only was the contract a sure thing during uncertain times, he felt he was ready to make the jump to the pro leagues.
“It wasn’t too hard of a decision because I knew, if I got drafted, I was going to sign,” said Hofmann, who’ll now await direction from the Bucs.
Hofmann hasn’t heard where he’ll end up in the Pirates organization as the MLB is currently preparing for its own shortened 60-game season.
“There’s not too much word, going forward, on what’s happening, but I’m sure, I guess, in regular years, I’d be getting ready to go and join a team and start playing, but, obviously, that can’t happen right now (due to the COVID-19 global pandemic),” said Hofmann, who continues to throw bullpen at his hometown diamond.
“It’s really up in the air. Obviously the MLB camps are getting going here soon, but they haven’t said anything about what the minor league guys could start doing yet.”
For now, he’s stuck in a holding pattern, alone as the only pro baseball player in town.