Xavier Paul Looks To Take Advantage of Ramirez Suspension

Tom FroemmingCorrespondent IMay 8, 2009

Xavier Paul is going to try to take advantage of Manny Ramirez's 50-game suspension.

Paul was called up to take Manny's spot on the Dodgers' 25-man roster after hitting .344 with a pair of home runs, eight stolen bases, and a .926 OPS at Triple-A Albuquerque.

The 24-year-old is known for his strong throwing arm but will likely have a hard time getting in the lineup with Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Juan Pierre in front of him.

Last season, Paul hit .316 with 11 homers, 17 stolen bases, 68 RBI and 82 runs in 115 Triple-A games. He is a career .288 hitter over seven minor league seasons. Paul made his Major League debut last night, grounding into a double play as a pinch hitter.

He is a poor-man's five-tool player who doesn't excel in one particular area, which would suggest he'll end up being a fourth outfielder. Since that's the role he'll be in unless Los Angeles loses another outfielder, Paul will hold little fantasy value.

Since he runs well and plays above average defense, Paul has a great shot to have a long career. He'll try to make a name for himself over the next few months by taking advantage of an unfortunate situation.

*From Protect the Plate

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