Hoffpauir goes 1-for-3 in Triple-A All-Star game

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 15, 2010

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — For those in the Miss-Lou who have Direct TV, there’s a good chance they were watching former Vidalia High School baseball player Jarrett Hoffpauir Wednesday evening.

Hoffpauir, who plays in the Blue Jays’ farm system, played in the Triple-A All-Star game in Allentown, Pa., as a member of the Pacific Coast League squad. The game was televised on the MLB Network, Direct TV channel 213.

For those who saw Hoffpauir in action, he didn’t disappoint. Hoffpauir finished 1-for-3 with a walk in a losing effort for the PCL team, as they fell to the International League 2-1.

Vidalia baseball coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir, Jarrett’s father, said the experience was a noteworthy one for his son.

“This was his first time as a Triple-A All-Star. It was his second All-Star game ever. He played in the Double-A All-Star game when he was in Double-A,” Johnny Lee Hoffpauir said.

“He was excited. This is just a step down from the big leagues, and most of the guys playing tonight have played in the big show or are going to, so he’s excited about it.”

And the at-bats his son had were all good ones, Johnny Lee Hoffpauir said.

“His first at-bat, he flew out to the wall in left center. The announcer thought it was gone, and so did we, but it didn’t carry well in the park he was playing in. The center fielder made a tremendous catch to rob him of at least a double,” Johnny Lee Hoffpauir said.

“His second time up, he got a hit on an 0-2 count. His third at-bat, he had an 11-pitch at-bat and drew a walk. He grounded out his fourth at-bat.

“Overall, he’s done well. He stayed in the whole game. He started out at third base and moved to second base.”

And with, the elder Hoffpauir said he thinks his son showcased himself well to other teams that might potentially acquire him at the Major League Baseball trading deadline July 31.

“He has to be feeling good. He’s not only playing for himself, it’s a showcase night. I think he’s shown himself well,” Johhny Lee Hoffpauir said.

“Of course, I’m a dad, so I might be a little on the parent’s side.”