Jul 9, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Xavier Paul (26) bats during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Milwaukee won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Xavier Paul Signed By Baltimore Orioles to ML Contract


Xavier Brooks Paul and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract and invitation to spring training.

The left-handed hitting outfielder spent parts of the past five seasons with the Dodgers, Pirates, and Reds – the last of whom non-tendered him. Paul, who will be age 29 in February, was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 4th round of the 2003 amateur draft.

Xavier Paul is from Slidell, LA – a place I associate first in my mind with Hurricane Katrina, having done relief work there in the past, though he would have graduated from Slidell High School two years before that disaster.

A quick look at his stats shows a guy with an average average (see what I did there?), some speed and a decent on-base percentage relative to his BA. There are quite a few strikeouts also. Over nine years in the minors he had a career batting average of .294 with the final four years of AAA at .323.

Year

Age

Tm

Lg

G

PA

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

2009

24

LAD NL

11

16

14

3

3

1

0

1

1

0

1

2

4

.214

.313

.500

.813

2010

25

LAD NL

44

133

121

16

28

8

1

0

11

3

1

8

24

.231

.277

.314

.591

2011

26

LAD NL

7

11

11

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

.273

.273

.273

.545

2011

26

PIT NL

121

251

232

30

59

6

5

2

20

16

6

13

57

.254

.293

.349

.642

2012

27

CIN NL

55

96

86

8

27

5

1

2

7

4

2

9

18

.314

.379

.465

.844

2013

28

CIN NL

97

239

209

24

51

12

0

7

32

0

1

27

53

.244

.339

.402

.741

Totals

335

746

673

81

171

32

7

12

71

23

11

59

161

.254

.316

.376

.692

 

These sorts of signings totally annoy Orioles fans, as it seems like more of the old “throw it on the wall and see what sticks” philosophy of team building. Fans would like to see Duquette bring in someone whose name has at least been heard of in the past. Well, this is getting a new Xavier to replace the one who was previously traded away (Xavier Avery). And the guy’s middle name is Brooks, and that sounds strangely familiar in some way to Orioles fans. So there is that.

There is no recent news on Shin-Soo Choo coming to the Birds for a bargain price. I just always feel better when typing that name. And though Kendrys Morales might be a more likely acquisition, even so, it would involve giving up a draft pick … hence it is reported that the Orioles are unlikely to proceed in that direction.

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