Micah Hoffpauir the Next Jack Cust?
Micah Hoffpauir is a mashing 1B in the Cubs system, currently at AAA and blocked by Derrek Lee. For a team looking for a lefthanded masher, Hoffpauir just might be 2008’s version of Jack Cust in Oakland.
Above you will find Micah’s minor league numbers from last year playing for AAA Iowa. As you can see, he gets on base at a fair clip with a decent OPS and very low strikeouts.
This year he has stepped up his game even more, mashing the ball while increasing his strikeout rate marginally. A minor league OPS of 1.152 is nothing to sniff at, even from a 28 year old minor leaguer. Is he a AAAA player or the victim at badluck. Maybe if we are lucky a team in need of a 1B/DH will test his mettle this season.
Below Hoffpauir discusses his knee injury in 2007 and his prospects within the Cubs organization.[youtube aeMC1Tz9mZ8]