Cardinals Prospect #33 - Jarrett Hoffpauir

Hoffpauir was the second youngest player on the Palm Beach roster in 2005. Player Profile

Position: 2B

DOB: 6/18/1983

Height: 5-9

Weight: 175

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: University of Southern Mississippi

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the sixth round of the June, 2004 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $110,000 signing bonus.

Quad Cities (Low-A) .313 227 71 2 28 27 5 21 14 .376 .414
Palm Beach (High-A) .257 226 58 0 19 23 11 32 26 .346 .310

Staff Comments

JS (NR): "Hoffpauir just missed making my list. He hit fairly well for Quad Cities in 2005, but his production faded after a promotion to Palm Beach. The thing that has most impressed me about Hoffpauir since he joined the Cardinals organization has been his plate discipline. Since being drafted he has posted an 85-63 walk-strikeout ratio. With the departure of Aaron Herr, Hoffpauir is the second baseman closest to the majors in the Cards' organization."

LM (25): "Like Mitchell Boggs, part of my case for Jarrett Hoffpauir being ranked higher than #33 will come when I argue against a few of those players above him on this list.  Hoffpauir went .313/.376/.414 in 227 at bats at class A Quad Cities before his promotion to Palm Beach on June 19th.  That was first among those that played regularly for the Swing.  His overall numbers at Palm Beach of .257/.346/.310 in 226 at bats were not as impressive but he did go .333/.411/.381 in 63 at bats from July 16th through August 7th before fading.  He also led Palm Beach in the postseason, batting .320/.433/.520 in eight games and 25 at bats, including a championship series winning home run.  Hoffpauir turned 22 in June.  That was good for second youngest on the roster behind Tyler Greene.  As a 6th round 2004 draft pick, Hoffpauir certainly has potential.  So, Hoffpauir had a solid-to-plus performance in his second professional season, was promoted to a level at which he was one of the youngest on the roster, and displayed enough of his potential that Aaron Herr was not re-signed this Fall because of Hoffpauir's performance this season."

RM (NR): "Hoffpauir didn't make the list on my ballot.  Brian Walton ranked him at #30 and Leonda Markee ranked him even higher at #25.  Hoffpauir didn't make Jason Scott's list as well.  Go figure.  Jarrett was promoted to High A - Palm Beach in June after hitting .317 in 61 games with Swing of Quad Cities.  His average and on base percentage dropped significantly with Palm Beach, causing him to drop out of my Top 40 list, but he is still a solid middle infielder that will give you all he's got when he's playing.  He's a tough out that will make things happen when he's at bat. At 5'9" and 175 lbs, he may remind you of a David Eckstein or Joe McEwing, he'll get his uniform dirty and he has a little more pop in his bat than those two fan favorites.  Markee could be right on this kid, he could be a potential Top 20 prospect.  We'll see what happens next season.  He's one of those players I will be keeping an eye on and Cardinal fans will love to watch play."

BW (30): "In his first 720 minor league at-bats, Hoffpauir has yet to drive in as many runs as he did during his final season of college. His .283 batting average and .355 on-base percentage as a pro does demonstrate some proficiency with the bat. Hoffpauir has fanned just 63 times over the two seasons while walking 85 times. Especially in a system with many middle infield prospects, Hoffpauir will need to continue to show improvement to progress."

STAFF COMMENTS KEY: Staff Member (Individual Ranking); JS = Jason Scott; LM = Leonda Markee; BW = Brian Walton; RM = Ray Mileur; NR = Not Rated

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