Posted on November 3rd, 2009 by erik in Jarrett Hoffpauir
Per the Blue Jays official Twitter feed.
Hoffpauir had a nice little rebound season for Memphis, hitting .299/.367/.496 in 375 at-bats. The equivalent is a .713 OPS. The problem is he was repeating triple-A, was 26 years old, and at least according to Total Zone (a respected defensive metric), Hoff had a glove o’lead. Over his past two seasons, he was minus 25 runs over 229 games.
Now Memphis manager Chris Maloney has no excuse to take away precious development time for Dan Descalso at second base. I like the Hoff, and we’ll always have 2007 when we thought he might be a late-bloomer, but the bottom line is Hoffpauir is about as fungible as they come.
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In our third installment of the Prospects by Position series we look at a position that has been a weak point of development for the Cardinals (unless you really like Bo Hart) in recent years. Adam Kennedy came up through the Cardinals system and he was a useful 2B for the Angels for a few years, although he was mostly a shortstop until his second year at AAA. Otherwise the Cardinals system has been (and still is) pretty thin at second base. Currently they’ve got a guy in AAA that many of us would like to see playing in St. Louis and then there are a whole bunch of question marks. The rundown of all the second basemen is after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
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