Monday, March 2, 2009

Micah Hoffpauir

Spring Training tends to be a cesspool of stupid rumors and dumb stories about how every player in camp is in the best shape ever and how everybody looks great. You can also count on one or two guys to have amazing springs that lead to people thinking that they have to make the team. This year has been particularly bad in Cubs camp, and most of this comes from one man- Micah Hoffpauir.

It all started last spring training when Hoffpauir had a great spring training and Lou Pinella wanted to get him on the team, but couldn't find a spot for him because he plays first base and Derrek Lee obviously has that spot locked down. Hoffpauir can also be played in left field, though he would be a disaster there if he played it on a regular basis. After an early season injury at AAA, and then a return that saw him hit 25 home runs in 290 at-bats. Hoffpauir came up a few times and ended up playing a few games during garbage time and was pretty successful, putting up a 137 OPS+ in 73 at bats.

He's back at it again this spring training, and Cubs fans are desperate to find a place to play him. I have some advice for those people. Step back at take a look and realize that this guy is a career minor leaguer who doesn't have a position and will most likely end up as a very very very average hitter if he plays on a daily basis. He is 29 years old and he can't play defense. His role on the major league team will be to pinch hit in the big situation and start three times a month when the starters need a day off. 

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