Since the day Corbin Hoffner can remember he has wanted to play baseball professionally. His father, Bob, coached his older brother Kyle which is what sparked his interest in baseball at a young age. Coming from a small town has been Hoffner’s biggest struggle with the chance to show scouts what he was made of being slim to none. Going to St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida gave him the exposure he needed to get the opportunity he has today in the Cubs organization.
While a college education was important to Hoffner, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to sign with the Cubs when they also offered him money to finish his college education later in life. Playing baseball as his job with the chance to continue with college later was just what he was looking for. “Having that opportunity was something that I could not pass up.”
Hoffner’s first year of college ball went as well as it possibly could. He went 5-5 as a starter with an impressive 2.50 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 72 innings. “My first year of college ball went really well. Meeting new people and living on my own made me grow up and become mature as a person. It was an experience I will never forget.”
As far as Boise goes, Hoffner is just about two weeks into his stay and says it has been great thus far. “I didn’t know what to expect but so far it has been really good.” Hoffner has made 2 appearances for YOUR Boise Hawks, one of which was here in Boise where he went 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB and 4K.
Getting to this point has been a lifelong dream of Hoffner’s. “It has been a dream to play pro ball since I was a little kid playing tee ball, I have always wanted to play professionally.” Hoffner says his family has been the best support system throughout the years. “They are always there for me through thick and thin with whatever the situation has been.” Hoffner has 2 siblings, an older brother Kyle, a younger sister Carly, and his parents, Bob and Tammy. He is not sure if they will make it out to Boise but he knows they are trying to.
Hoffner is from Sebring, Florida, a little town in the middle of the state. He enjoys golfing, hunting, and playing ping pong with his buddies. His best advice to pass on is “Put everything you have into the game you love and have no regrets when you look back on it one day.”