James Micah Hoffpauir Bio Info
Selected by the Cubs in the 13th round of the 2002 draft, Micah made his major league debut in 2008 and now enters his
ninth year in the system ... saw his most extensive big league action last season, appearing in 105 games for Chicago.
... Has hit .287 (727-for-2529) with 394 runs, 160 doubles, 99 home runs,
490 RBI and 217 walks in 698 minor league games.
... Was named the 2008 Cubs Minor League Player of the Year by the organization,
hitting .362 (105-for-290) with 25 homers and 100 RBI in 71
games for Triple-A Iowa.
... Attended Lon Morris College in Jacksonville (Texas) and Lamar University
in Beaumont (Texas).
... Named to the 2002 American Baseball Coaches Association All-South
Region team ... two time All-Southland Conference selection.
... Graduated from Jacksonville (Texas) High School in 1998.
Micah broke camp with the big league club for the first time in his career and batted .239 (56-for-234) with 10 home runs and
35 RBI in 105 contests for Chicago.
... Appeared at three positions, playing 11 games (nine starts) in left field,
25 (23 starts) in right field and 27 (17 starts) at first base ... also was
the club's designated hitter for two games.
... Posted a .308 average (33-for-107) in 51 day games ... garnered a .360
average (9-for-25) when hitting with a 1-1 count.
... Hit .333 (20-for-60) with 15 RBI as the clean-up hitter.
... Was 9-for-41 (.220) with one homer, 10 RBI and five walks as a pinchhitter.
... Batted .259 (7-for-27) with 11 RBI when batting with runners in scoring
position and two outs in an inning ... 18 of his 35 RBI on the season
came with two outs.
... Batted .314 (22-for-70) in his first 28 games through May 20, but hit
.182 (20-for-110), May 22-August 6 ... was optioned to Triple-A Iowa
... Was recalled when rosters expanded September 1 and remained with the
club the rest of the season, hitting .259 (14-for-54) during that stretch.
... Belted his first home run of the season April 21 vs. Cincinnati, a secondinning
blast off Micah Owings - believed to be the first time in big league
history a "Micah" homered off another "Micah."
... Belted his first career pinch-home run June 20 vs. Cleveland, a two-run
go-ahead shot off Tomo Ohka.
... Homered in three of six games, June 20-25.
... Notched a season-high three hits July 19 in Washington.
... Tripled in the ninth inning July 29, collecting his first career three-base hit
and snapping a 0-for-9 slide in his previous five games.
... To make room for Geovany Soto August 7, was optioned to Iowa ...
batted .217 (18-for-83) with three homers and 13 RBI in 23 games with
Iowa before being recalled September 1.
... Homered in back-to-back contests, September 8-9 in Pittsburgh, for the
first time in his career.
... Collected his second three-hit affair September 19, going 3-for-4 in St.
... Went 2-for-2 with his second-career stolen base September 26 in San
Francisco after entering the game as a defensive replacement at first
... Had a RBI-pinch double October 2 vs. Arizona ... was his team-leading
10th, and final, pinch-RBI of the season.
Micah made his major league debut, batting .342 (25-for-73) in 33 contests for Chicago after hitting .362 (105-for-290) with
34 doubles, 25 homers, 100 RBI and a 1.145 OPS in just 71 games for Triple-A Iowa to earn Cubs Minor League Player of the
© Batted .355 (22-for-62) against right-handed pitchers at the big
© Selected from Iowa May 18 and went 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter in his
major league debut later that day vs. Pittsburgh.
© Made his first big league start May 21 in Houston, manning left
field, and collected his first major league hit - a double in the first
inning off Shawn Chacon.
© Recorded his first major league RBI with a pinch-hit, RBI-single up
the middle in the eighth May 29 vs. Colorado.
© Appeared in 11 games during his first stint with the Cubs, May 18-
June 1, going 8-for-19 (.421) with three doubles, four runs scored
and one RBI.
© During his second stint with the big league club, June 12-24, went
6-for-16 (.375) with three two-baggers and four runs scored.
© Went 5-for-5 with five RBI September 25 at New York, belting two
homers including his first career blast off Pedro Martinez in the first
inning ... added a three-run homer in the seventh.
Is the second rookie in major league history to go 5-for-5
(or better) with at least two homers and five RBI in a game
... Kevin Seitzer went 6-for-6 with two homers and seven
RBI for Kansas City against Boston August 2, 1987.
© With Iowa, set career marks with 25 homers and 100 RBI in 71
games ... missed April with a strained left oblique.
© Named TOPPS PCL Player of the Month for July and ranked eighth
in batting (.389) and third in RBI (32) while hitting six roundtrippers,
17 doubles and scoring 17 runs.
© Earned PCL Batter of the Week honors for June 30-July 6, batting
.485 (16-for-33) with eight runs, eight doubles, three homers and
© Was 4-for-5 with four solo home runs August 9 at Round Rock to tie
a franchise record (Wade Rowdon, June 9, 1987) and the Pacific
Coast League record for homers in a single game.
© Also named Hitter of the Week for August 4-10 ... Hoffpauir's
season-ending .752 slugging percentage would have easily lead the
league if he had enough at-bats to qualify (Oklahoma's Nelson Cruz
had the highest at .695).
Micah batted a then career-best .319 (99-for-310) in 82 games with Triple-A Iowa and was named to the Pacific Coast League
All-Star Game, but was unable to play due to a season-ending left knee surgery.
... He ranked second on the I-Cubs in RBI (73) and doubles (24) while finishing
third with 16 homers despite playing just 82 games before landing
on the disabled list July 4.
... Put together a career-high 12-game hit streak, April 9-20, batting .425
(20-for-47) with 23 RBI and five home runs while striking out just three
... Hit two homers April 16 ... went yard in back-to-back games, June 4-5 ...
collected a home run in three-consecutive games, June 18-21.
... Batted .338 (72-for-213) against righthanders with 18 doubles, 10
homers, 53 RBI and 22 walks.
... Had 28 multi-hit affairs, including 10 three-hit performances.
... Hit a monthly-best .333 (39-for-117) with 11 doubles, 22 runs scored,
24 RBI and five homers in 28 June contests.
Spent the season with Double-A West Tenn (40 games) and Triple-A Iowa (77 games), batting a combined .267 (105-for-393)
between the two clubs ... placed on the disabled list August 16 with a season-ending left knee injury.
... Began the year with the Diamond Jaxx, hitting .268 (37-for-138) in 40
games through May 17.
... Posted a season-high nine-game hit streak, April 13-21, hitting .278
(14-for-37) with 14 RBI.
... Beginning May 18 spent the rest of the season with the I-Cubs, batting
.267 (68-for-255) with 12 home runs and 49 RBI.
... Hit three home runs in two games, May 19-20, going 5-for-8 with five
Micah spent the majority of the year with Triple-A Iowa in his fourth professional season.
... Hit .268 (105-for-392) with 48 runs scored, 47 RBI and 38 walks in 119 games with Iowa while batting .160 (4-for-25) in seven games, July 7-19, with
... Had a strong month of May, going 31-for-93 (.333) in 28 games with a monthly-best 19 runs, two homers and 12 RBI.
Hit .306 (104-for-340) in 94 games with Double-A West Tenn with a then career-high 11 homers and 75 RBI ... had three
season-high eight-game hit streaks: May 10-17 (.375, 12-for-32), May 20-28 (.406, 13-for-32) and August 3-12 (.483, 14-for-29).
Spent the entire season at Single-A Daytona, playing a then career-high 124 games ... earned Florida State League All-Star
honors and was named "Star of Stars" (MVP) of the All-Star Game.
In his first professional season, Micah batted .301 (65-for-216) in 60 games for Single-A Boise and was named to the Northwest
League post-season All-Star team.