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Xavier Paul Claimed By Pirates

The Pirates claimed Xavier Paul off waivers from the LA Dodgers.  The 40-man roster was changed by moving LHP Scott Olsen to the 60-day disabled list.  What a waste of cash at this point.

Paul was on the Dodgers opening day roster and went 3-for-14 with a bomb in eleven games before being designated for assignment on April 18.  Paul walks out to California Love by Tupac, is another  left-handed stick and was selected in the fourth round by the Dodgers back in 2003.

Our take on Paul: he has minimal power and strikes out a lot. In parts of the past three years, Paul has earned 146 at-bats and hit .233 with a .329 slugging percentage and 33 strikeouts.

Paul is well known for his cannon arm.  In 57 games with AAA Albuquerque last season Paul was 74-for-238 with 20 doubles, a triple, 12 homers and a .579 slugging.  He had a huge OPS, but remember where he was please. 

When Paul got up with the Blue, he got shorter and  hit a paltry .231 with 28 hits in 121 at-bats in 44 games. 

The Pirates will make a corresponding roster move on the 25-man when Paul reports to the Burgh.  Please take a bus.

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Video of Paul from the Arizona Fall League a few years back

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