Xavier Paul called up

*The Reds have selected the contract of OF Xavier Paul from Triple-A Louisville. Paul, who was released by the Nationals organization earlier this month after taking an out in his contract. He was signed by the Reds to play at Louisville last week. In a combined 66 games this season at both Triple-A stops, he was batting .332 with nine homers and 48 RBIs. In six games with Louisville, he was batting .480 (12-for-25).

Paul, 27, is a left-handed hitter and broke into the Majors in 2009 with the Dodgers. He spent most of last season with the Pirates and batted .255/.292/.346 with two homers, 20 RBIs and 16 steals.

*To make room for Paul, the Reds optioned RHP Todd Redmond back to Louisville. Redmond was brought up Tuesday to backup the bullpen in case Johnny Cueto had a short outing. It’s been a tough business for Redmond, who has had two callups this season (one for four days with the Braves last month) and he has yet to make his big league debut.

7 Comments

Good move. Lefty hitter who could lead off and steal with a respectable .346 OBP. Does Walt still go after Juan Pierre or Shane Victorino now? Will Paul get time in CF and LF? Do you take Ludwick and Heisey out with Votto on DL? Where is the 4 hole power coming from?

I dont foresee Xavier Paul getting any starts unless injury occurs. I would not be opposed to a spot start but in no way can we take a power bat out of the lineup at this time. Either would start for Stubbs.

No, no, no, and Ludwick.
Curt

Those stats cited from Pittsburgh last year are erroneous, or at least they’re not the typical stats in the AVG/OBP/SLG triple slash line. Those look like his AVG/SLG/OPS numbers instead. See here:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/paulxa01.shtml

Appreciate you catching that…my eyes merged a lot of different numbers together wrongly. It’s fixed now.

No problem! I was pretty excited when I saw a 600 slugging percentage! Then I realized it was too good to be true.

Reds look like they’re sleepwalking tonight. Lifeless.

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