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Blue Jays sign first-round picks Hoffman and Pentecost

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TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays have signed first-round picks Jeff Hoffman and Max Pentecost.

Hoffman, a 21-year-old right-handed pitcher selected ninth overall, made 10 starts this season with East Carolina University, posting a 3-3 record with a 2.94 earned-run average.

He had his final collegiate season cut short due to injury and required Tommy John surgery on May 14. He will miss the 2014 season.

Pentecost, a 21-year-old catcher selected 11th, led Kennesaw State to an NCAA Super Regional appearance, while leading U.S. college division one players in hits with 113 and finishing second with a .422 average. He received the Johnny Bench Award, given to the top division one catcher.

The Blue Jays have now signed 27 players form the 2014 draft, including 10 picks from the top 10 rounds.

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