Cardinals AFL Interviews: Jarrett Hoffpauir

Memphis Redbirds second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir is playing for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League this fall. In this exclusive audio interview, he focuses on his 2007 campaign and looks to the future.

24-year-old second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft after starring at Southern Mississippi. One of the most improved players in the system in 2007, Hoffpauir has become a fan favorite.

Coming out of spring training, Hoffpauir was assigned to repeat Double-A Springfield and he made the best of it. In 61 Texas League games, he hit .345/.420/.527 (AVG/SLG/OPS). Coming off batting .410 in June, Hoffpauir was assigned to Triple-A Memphis on July 4.

For the year between the two levels, Hoffpauir finished with a line of .323/.407/.473 with 11 home runs and 57 RBIs. Even more impressive is his total of 55 walks compared to only 39 strikeouts.

Though it was surely an honor to be named to the Arizona Fall League, Hoffpauir finds himself stuck behind another club's priority player. That means the Cardinal is starting a couple of times each week and was slowed earlier on by a case of strep throat on top of it.

Perhaps the bench time is just as well for the short term, as Hoffpauir will be at risk of being taken by another organization in December's Rule 5 draft if he is not added to the Cardinals' 40-man roster by November 20.

Hoffpauir talks about his 2007 season and what the future may hold in this exclusive audio interview.

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Come back here to Scout.com for six more exclusive Cardinals interviews straight from the Arizona Fall League, including Mitchell Boggs, Jason Motte, Mark Hamilton, Luke Gregerson, Stuart Pomeranz and Amaury Marti.

Earlier interviews:
Team USA coach Rick Eckstein
Closer Chris Perez
Outfielder Colby Rasmus
Catcher Bryan Anderson
Mesa Solar Sox coach Mark Riggins



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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