February 25, 1985 |
|May 7, 2009, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||71|
Xavier Brooks Paul, Jr. (born February 25, 1985) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks.
While at Slidell High School in 2003 he was selected to Baseball America's second team High School All-American team after batting .391 with nine homers, 17 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. He then hit .444 for Team U.S.A. at the 2003 Pan American Games. He also played with the 2001 Junior National Team that won a gold medal at the World Championships. He was named the state of Louisiana 2003 Mr. Baseball.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Paul was drafted in the fourth round of the June 2003 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He made his professional debut with the Ogden Raptors and was selected to the Rookie League All-Star team after hitting .307 for the Raptors.
In 2007 he played for the Double-A Jacksonville Suns, hitting .291 with 11 homers and 17 stolen bases. Paul was selected to the Southern League Mid-season All-Star Team. He played in the Arizona Fall League after the season and was promoted to the Las Vegas 51s and placed on the Dodgers 40 man roster for the 2008 season. He hit .316 with Las Vegas that season in 115 games.
He began the 2009 season with the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes, and then on May 7, 2009, Paul was called up to the Los Angeles Dodgers to replace Manny Ramirez, who was suspended for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Paul made his Major League debut the same day, grounding into a double play in his one at bat as a pinch hitter against the Washington Nationals. His first major league hit was against the San Francisco Giants three days later, and he hit his first home run against the Florida Marlins on May 15.
Shortly afterwards he was sidelined by a staph infection and placed on the disabled list. While rehabbing at the Dodgers complex in Arizona, he then suffered an ankle injury and spent the rest of the year on the 60-day disabled list.
Paul appeared in 44 games with the Dodgers in 2010, thanks to a succession of injuries to Ramirez. He hit .231 over that period before he was returned to the minors. He appeared in 57 games with the Isotopes during the season, hitting .325 in 57 games but a late season injury made him unavailable for a September callup.
He began the season with the Dodgers in 2011 but after he appeared in 7 games and had 3 hits in 11 at-bats, Paul was designated for assignment on April 18, 2011.
On April 26, 2011, he was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the Pirates, he appeared in 121 games, hitting .254 with 16 stolen bases. Paul was designated for assignment on November 18, 2011. The Pirates released Paul on November 28, 2011.
Paul signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds on July 7, 2012. He was assigned to the Triple-A Louisville Bats. The Reds selected his contract on July 18, 2012. He became a free agent on December 2, 2013 after being non-tendered by the Reds.
Paul signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles on in December 2013.
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- Calcaterra, Craig (November 13, 2014). "The Phillies sign Jeff Francoeur, seven others to minor league deals". hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved November 13, 2014.