2008 Cardinals Prospect #14 Jarrett Hoffpauir

Can the popular second baseman parlay a strong 2007 season into a spot in the major leagues? So far, he has earned a place on the Cardinals' 40-man roster.

Scout.com Player Profile (including links to 2007 and career stats)

2007 Ranking: not ranked

Position: 2B

DOB: 6/18/1983

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 175

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Southern Mississippi

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the sixth round (180th overall) of the June, 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

2007 stats

Tm

AVG

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB

OBP

SLG

OPS

SPR

0.345

203

23

70

16

0

7

33

26

18

3

0.420

0.527

0.947

MEM

0.300

190

27

57

10

0

4

24

29

21

2

0.394

0.416

0.809

Tot

0.323

393

50

127

26

0

11

57

55

39

5

0.407

0.473

0.880

Staff Comments (individual rankings in parens)

Leonda Markee (12): Hoffpauir re-enters the Top 40 at number 14 which is the range in which I ranked him. He was the 33rd-ranked player in the 2005 Top 40 before dropping out altogether last season. Hoffpauir did very well in his second look at Double-A in 2007 but, more significantly, impressed after his promotion to Triple-A. He went .300/.394/.416/.809 in 190 at bats at Memphis and continued his career trait of walking more than he struck out.

Defensively, Hoffpauir is at least an adequate second baseman. His season was good enough to earn him a coveted slot on the Cardinals' 40-man roster. If things break his way in 2008, Hoffpauir may see St. Louis.

Dustin Mattison (15): A scrappy and undersized player with an aversion to strikeouts, Hoffpauir has only 143 in over 1500 minor league at bats. In 2007, "Hoff" got off to a hot start at Double-A Springfield that carried over after his promotion to Memphis. An on base machine, Hoffpauir posted a .407 on base percentage in 2007. Even though he has great control of the strike zone, he contributes little in the power department.

The 24-year-old is a solid defender at second base, showing average range and a strong arm and is capable of filling in at shortstop and third. Although not a burner, he shows good instincts on the basepaths. Hoffpauir was rewarded with a trip to the Arizona Fall League and a spot on the 40-man roster. With a strong spring, he could earn a utility role on the big league club.

Ray Mileur (11): The Cardinals added Hoffpauir to the 40-man roster in November, to protect him in the Rule 5 draft. Hoffpauir hit a combined .323/.407/.473 with 11 home runs and 57 RBI splitting playing time between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis.

His lack of power is a concern for some, but his on-base percentage is well above average. He continues to shows some signs of improvement with his defense. A Texas League Midseason All-Star, Hoffpauir will likely start the season at Triple-A Memphis, but could see some playing time in St. Louis in 2008.

Brian Walton (24): I acknowledge Hoffpauir is close to the bigs as a result of a nice 2007 season that culminated with a 40-man roster berth. He hit for average and took walks in his second year at Springfield and then with Memphis.

Yet, there are lingering questions about his bat and especially his power. For example, against elite competition in the Arizona Fall League this off-season, Hoffpauir could never get into a groove and posted a disappointing .238/.368/.255 line. The 24-year-old is a fan favorite and a hustler on the field. I don't know if it will be enough for him to become a major league difference-maker however, hence my less-optimistic ranking.

Key: NR = not ranked, NA = not applicable

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