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James Micah Hoffpauir (pronounced "Mike-ah Hoff-power") (born March 1, 1980, in Fort Worth, Texas) is a Major League Baseball first baseman for the Chicago Cubs. He was drafted in 2000 by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the in the 44th round (1,301st overall), but he did not sign and returned to college. The Cubs selected him in the 13th round (393rd overall) of the 2002 draft. He is a distant cousin of Jarrett Hoffpauir of the Toronto Blue Jays.

A six-foot three-inch left-hander, Hoffpauir attended Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, Texas. He attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas where he played for the Cardinals, where he holds a school record in nearly every major offensive category. He graduated in 2001.

After being drafted by the Cubs, Hoffpauir was sent to the Single-A Boise Hawks, where he batted .301 with 10 home runs and 41 runs batted in. His good play caused the Cubs to send him to their other Single-A team, the Daytona Cubs, in 2003. There he batted only .254 with 8 home runs and 58 RBIs. In 2004, Hoffpauir made the leap from Single-A Daytona to Triple-A Iowa, where he played in only one game before being sent down to the Double-A West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx. He hit 11 home runs and drove in 75 runs in 94 games with the Diamond Jaxx. In 2005, Hoffpauir began the season with Triple-A Iowa, where hit only 3 home runs and drove in 47 runs in 119 games, and batted .268. His poor performance resulted in him being sent back down to Double-A West Tenn for the remainder of the season. He began the 2006 campaign with West Tenn, but was moved up to Triple-A Iowa, where he had his best offensive production year of his career with 22 home runs and 80 RBIs to go along with .267 average. With all-star Derrek Lee at first base on the major league team and no openings in the outfield available, Hoffpauir returned to Triple-A Iowa for the 2007 season. On July 4, Hoffpauir was placed on the disabled list with a right knee injury. Hoffpauir went on the DL hitting .316 with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs in 82 games.

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