Post-season Q&A with Micah Hoffpauir

A Q&A with first base prospect Micah Hoffpauir, who recently concluded his first season at Triple-A.

Inside The Ivy: Tell us a little about your first season at Triple-A. Did it go as you were hoping? What surprises were there?

Micah Hoffpauir: It wasn't a complete wash. I learned some things as far as what I need to do to get ready for the major leagues. I definitely would have liked to have hit for a better average than .268, with more home runs (3) and a few more RBI (47). I think if you ask anybody, though, they'll say the same thing. All in all, it wasn't a failure, but it wasn't the type of season I'm capable of having.

Inside The Ivy: You showed a little pop again this season, though you're not a power hitter by definition. Is that something you'd like to change?

Micah Hoffpauir: Everyone wants to hit a few more home runs. For me, with the position I play, it's something I need to figure out how to do and figure out where I can maybe give up something to gain something. I need to figure out what exactly that is. There are a few guys I'm going to talk to, hitting coaches and stuff, this offseason to find out what I can do to gain a little more power and maybe give up a couple of other things I do well.

Inside The Ivy: You played a little left field again this season just as you did in 2003. With some of the other first base prospects in the organization, is this something the Cubs have talked to you about: working you into the outfield more frequently?

Micah Hoffpauir: As far as the organization is concerned, they haven't really said either way, but I've gotten a lot of comments along the lines of, "We know you can play first base, but we want to see if you're also capable of playing the outfield." For me, it gives me another edge and another way to get to the big leagues with the Cubs.

Inside The Ivy: What are your plans for the offseason?

Micah Hoffpauir: The organization wants me to get bigger and stronger, and just be ready to go out and have a good season next year. I want to get stronger physically and keep myself in shape.

Inside The Ivy: We know you're experienced in the field of substitute teaching. Are there plans for more of that in your future?

Micah Hoffpauir: Absolutely. First of all, I'm going to try to get some lessons in from a couple of baseball camps here. It's easy to do and it's more centered around my schedule. Teaching is going to be second fiddle to that this year I think.

Inside The Ivy: Living in the heart of Texas as you do, let's talk football.

Micah Hoffpauir: [laughs] Most of the time during football season, I'll watch but I don't get too concerned about it. I do more hunting and fishing than anything. I think Texas is going to make a run depending on Vince Young. (Texas) A&M also has a chance to do well.

Inside The Ivy: What kind of hunting do you do?

Micah Hoffpauir: Deer and duck, that's the extent of my hunting.

Inside The Ivy: Thanks as always for your time. Have a great offseason.

Micah Hoffpauir: Thank you.

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