Player profile: Jarrett Hoffpauir
Bats: Right, Throws: Right Height: 5′ 9″, Weight: 190 lb.
Born: June 18, 1983 in Natchez, Mississippi, US
Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 6th round of the 2004 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Today the Padres Padres claim INF Jarrett Hoffpauir from Toronto and DFA catcher Chris Stewart. The move is the first of what looks to be a very busy and interesting off season for the Padres.
In 2009 in AAA Hoffpauir’s line was impressive, (.291/.357/ .486/ .843) while racking 22 doubles, three triples and 14 homers and only striking out 28 times in 358 Ab’s. He continued to showcase in 2010 impressive numbers at (AAA-Las Vegas), vying for a job on the MLB level. His line, (.295 /.376/ .494 /.870) with 26 doubles, six triples and 16 big Home-runs had impressed the BlueJays enough to consider having him take over at third (which he had been starting to play everyday) for the struggling Edwin Encarnacion. Hoffpauir had logged most of his games in the minors at second base, in 2010 he played 79 games at second and 27 at third. Over four seasons in AAA (.288/.367/.449/.815). Number of games played at each position: 2B-698, 3B-36, SS-10, OF-2.
SCOUTING REPORT: Small frame. Compact build. Strong lower half. Strong forearms and hands. Possesses very good bat speed and mechanics to hit for both average and power. drives the ball well to right center-field. Great discipline and pitch recognition enabling him to handle pitches all over the strike zone well. Solid bat control and is very hard to strike out. Soft, sure hands. Effortless accurate throws. Thrives with runners on. Fundamentally sound defensively. Good baseball instincts. Fluid runner, Average foot speed. Tough out and a competitor in every sense of the word. A true gamer.
While it maybe too soon to speculate many moves with the regular season barely over, here are a couple things to take a look at. With Eckstein’s likely departure after slowing in the second half and battling through injuries. The Padres (FO & Co.) has been adamant about getting better production out of the number one and two hole moving forward into next year. Chase Headley is also a possible odd man out with his poor production at third base, now with over 1500 Ab’s on the MLB level and not showing any progress offensively. The Padres would really like to bring back Miguel Tejada and Jerry Hairston Jr. I believe the Padres could look at trading Chase in the off season and bringing back Tejada to play third,(a better run producer) having Jerry once again as the super utility man, if not the everyday SS (baring substantial progress from Everth Cabrera in Winter-ball) and giving Hoffpauir a legitimate look at second base if not third baring the off season signings or lack there of.