Second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir was recalled Wednesday from Triple-A Memphis to St. Louis. Wearing uniform number 34, he will become the 15th rookie to appear for the Cardinals this year and the ninth to make his major league debut.
The 26-year-old was drafted out of Southern Mississippi in the sixth round of the 2004 draft. After a slow start in 2009, Hoffpauir has been hot with the bat lately. Overall, he batted .276 with ten home runs and 31 RBI at Memphis, but his average was .327 with seven of those home runs and 20 RBI just during June.
The right-handed hitter has thrived against left-handed pitching, batting .340 (18-for-53) this season. He comes to St. Louis on a high note, having gone 2-for-5 with a home run Tuesday night at New Orleans.
Hoffpauir burst onto the prospect scene in 2007 due to his on-base skills when he posted a line of .323/.407/.473 (BA/OBP/SLG) between Double-A Springfield and Memphis. That was good enough to place the Mississippi native 14th on our Scout.com Cardinals Prospect Rankings heading into last season.
However, his progress slowed during his first full season at Triple-A, with a .273/.352/.383 mark in 2008. It was such that Hoffpauir did not place in our top 40 this past winter.
Hoffpauir was already on the Cardinals’ 40-man roster so no move was required there.
For the 25-man roster, it was speculated that newly-acquired Mark DeRosa might be going onto the disabled list. However, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that while DeRosa is wearing a brace on his injured wrist, it is pitcher Clayton Mortensen who is being returned to Triple-A.
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