2010 Player Preview: Micah Hoffpauir
It seems like it was just yesterday that people were clambering for Micah Hoffpauir to take over at first base. Derrek Lee was coming off a disappointing year where he hit into a gizzilion double plays, and there was Hoffpauir killing it at AAA for the Iowa Cubs. The problem was Hoffpuair was a little old for AAA, and even after his 25 HR campaign, it was probably a good bet that he wouldn't repeat that in the majors.
Well, the Cubs were tired of seeing Daryle Ward's ample bat and other features, and gave Hoffpauir a chance to be the LH pinch-hitter and sub for Derrek Lee. Needless to say, it didn't go very well. The Hoff hit 10 HR's, but only had a .727 OPS in 234 AB's for the Cubs last season. This year he is battling for a bench spot, but he has a few things going against him. First off, he hasn't hit in Spring Training. Then there is the fact that he isn't as funny as Kevin Millar, which seems to pull a lot of wait these days. We found out last year that Hoff is probably more of your AAAA player and not as much as a MLB player. He will begin the year back down in Iowa, and might be called up if someone gets hurt. I hope that doesn't happen, because that means the Cubs are in for more trouble in 2010.