Tag:Xavier Paul
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:47 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 5:49 pm

Pirates' Paul involved in identity fraud case


By Evan Brunell

The Pirates' Xavier Paul was involved in a strange identity fraud case involving the Australian Baseball League, MLB.com reports.

Minor-leaguer Breland Brown, who played in the Diamondbacks' rookie league at age 26 for 11 games in 2011, was the alleged perpetrator of the fraud. Brown reportedly posed as an agent in a scheme a source said was "like a movie."

According to the source, Brown was said to have proposed to the ABL a deal in which Paul would agree to play in Australia this offseason provided Brown himself was also invited to play. To no surprise, the ABL accepted the agreement. To have someone of Paul's stature play baseball in Australia would be very enticing.

Paul isn't exactly a great player, but he is a current major leaguer, which would help to promote the ABL's quality of play. The 26-year-old came up through the Dodgers system and received some playing time in each of the last three seasons for Los Angeles before Pittsburgh claimed him off waivers. Paul went on to hit .254/.293/.349 for the Pirates in 251 plate appearances and has a strong shot to be a backup outfielder for Pittsburgh next season.

The ABL assigned Paul to the Brisbane Bandits and Brown to the Sydney Blue Sox. The fraud was discovered when Brisbane reached out to Paul to ask why he had not yet arrived in time for the season, which began earlier this month.

"It was all a hoax by this player (Brown) trying to get over to the ABL," the source said.

When the ABL figured out what happened, Brown was removed from the Blue Sox roster along with Paul. The situation has since come under the purview of MLB's Department of Investigations, which will look into the situation. The ABL contends that it followed protocol in recruiting international players, including contacting the Pirates to get permission for Paul's participation. The Pirates granted such permission, unaware of the fraud. Paul only got tipped off to a possible issue when he read online reports of his participation in the ABL before the fraud came to light.

"[We] are pleased to say that despite the initial misinformation, the fraudulent activity was identified in the regular course of events," said Ben Foster, general manager of the ABL. "We are currently awaiting the outcome of the internal MLB investigation and have contacted all relevant parties to alert them of the situation."

It is not known whether Brown or Paul know each other, but they have been in each other's proximity for some time. Brown was born less than an hour away from Paul's hometown of Slidell, La. and were born less than three months apart. Brown, born in Marrero, La., attended community college and played three seasons of independent baseball before signing a deal with the Yankees in October 2010 that never came to fruition. He was then picked up by Arizona this summer, later released in August.

"I am not sure about legal action as of yet, but we certainly will consider all of Xavier's rights and remedies and also will consider enforcing those rights vigorously once we have all the facts," Joe Longo, president of the agency representing Paul, said. "Xavier never spoke to the ABL or ever considered playing down there this winter."

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 1:57 am
Edited on: June 3, 2011 6:48 pm

3 Up, 3 Down: Huff hammers three homers


By Evan Brunell

3 UpAubrey Huff, Giants -- A hat trick for Aubrey Huff, who blasted three home runs to lead the Giants to a 12-7 victory. Huff's three blasts tallied six RBI, adding on a single as well. His monstrous night pushed him to .233/.291/.413 overall, tacking on a home run against St. Louis on Wednesday too. Huff and the Giants really needed this night, both in a game that ended up in a high-scoring affair and to spark the Giants' and his own moribud offiense.

Xavier Paul, Pirates -- Paul came into the game with just three RBI in 41 at-bats, hitting .220 but has been on fire the last two days. He has six hits and three RBI, four of the hits coming Thursday against the Mets, who engineered a seven-run comeback to take down the Pirates 9-8. Paul did all he could at the top of the order, scoring three runs and boosting his average to .305. And this is why Garrett Jones is losing playing time.

Joakim Soria, Royals -- The way K.C. is trying to fix Soria is by pitching him in low-leverage outings where he can go multiple innings to work on his pitches. It got a chance Thursday as Soria got to pitch three innings due to what was an unfortunate (for them) trumping by Minnesota, with the Twins wining 8-2. Soria's two innings to finish the game were perfect, although he didn't strike anyone out. Given contact percentage is a large reason why he's not effective, that's not great news. But hey, dude was perfect, right?

Guillermo Mota, Giants -- Mota gave up four runs in one inning to almost blow the game for the Giants, if not for Huff's heroics. Mota entered the seventh inning with a 12-3 lead, which quickly fell to 12-7 with a grand slam by Colby Rasmus, who also tripled twice for a beastly game. Mota finished the inning and Jeremy Affeldt went on to get a two-inning save. Mota's failings were put on display in a .GIF to the right tweeted by @davidtiao that you can see to your right and offers a nice cameo of A's manager Bob Geren.

Sean O'Sullivan, Royals -- Soria was perfect. O'Sullivan was not, coughing up eight hits in 2 2/3 innings and seven runs, although only three were earned, to the Twins. Still, he didn't contribute much with his two walks to just one whiff, the eight hits and only TWO swing and misses in 69 pitchers, both on the curveball. So that's 21 fastballs, all which made contact for a hit or foul. Not good, and that ERA's a tidy 6.92 now. Move on the horizon?

Mike Pelfrey, Mets -- Pelfrey was no better, rounding out bad days for pitchers. Pelfrey went up against the Mets and gave up eight hits, three of which belonged to Paul, in five innings. His ERA spiked to 5.56 and it's time to wonder if Pelfrey is hurt or the No. 2-caliber starter Pelfrey we saw last season was an aberration.

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Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:12 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2011 9:25 pm

Garrett Jones on verge of losing starting job

By Evan Brunell

MauerAs the Pirates scrap and claw to hang around .500, one of the players responsible for their strong April start could be on the verge of losing his job.

"You want to get your lineup out that you feel can be the most effective," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told MLB.com. "I think an effective bat from Garrett Jones would put our lineup in a much better place, but at the same time, there comes a point when you try to find a Plan B or another answer to spark some things for your offense."

Jones kicked the season off with a .265/.375/.500 line in April, looking more like the slugger that caught the attention of baseball back in 2009, when the then-28-year-old blasted 21 home runs in 358 plate appearances. He matched that home-run mark last season, but it came over a full year and with a batting average drop of almost 50 points. That left him with an unimpressive OPS of .720.

In May, Jones erased much of the positives from April by contributing a .179/.286/.299 line. Jones, who can play first base and left field, has been serving as the right fielder to date and is actually performing at an acceptable rate on defense, but that can't hide his offensive warts. And his offense is the reason he's in the lineup. Should Jones hit the bench, that will mean more playing time for Xavier Paul, claimed off waivers from the Dodgers earlier this season. Matt Diaz should also pick up more starts, but Diaz has been underperforming this year after being brought in to demolish left-handed pitchers.

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Posted on: April 28, 2011 6:03 pm

Paul destined to join Pirates

By C. Trent Rosecrans

New Pirates outfielder Xavier Paul may have finally found the place he belongs -- Pittsburgh.

Paul's mother sent this photo to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Colin Dunlap:

Xavier Paul

Paul, 26, was claimed off waivers from the Dodgers on Monday and was added to the team's roster late last night. Paul made his Pirates debut on Thursday, striking out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of the Pirates' 5-2 loss to the Giants.

Paul had three hits in 11 at-bats for the Dodgers before being designated for assignment to make room for Jerry Sands. Paul is a career .233/.280/.329 hitter in the big leagues in 160 plate appearances.

Thanks to Colin (@Colin_Dunlap) for the photo.

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Posted on: April 18, 2011 6:45 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 6:49 pm

Power hitter Sands to debut with Dodgers Monday

By Matt Snyder

Monday afternoon, the Dodgers announced they were designating Xavier Paul for assignment and would promote prospect Jerry Sands as a corresponding move. Sands will immediately be inserted into the starting lineup, as he's slated to bat seventh and start in left field Monday night against the Braves. He will wear jersey No. 47.

Sands, 23, is one of the top prospects in the Dodgers system. A burly 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Sands has hit for some good power in the minors. Last season, between Class A-Advanced and Double-A, he hit .301 with 35 home runs, 93 RBI, 102 runs, 28 doubles and a .981 OPS.

He kept things moving in the spring and carried it over to the start of the regular season in 2011. He had a .999 OPS with two home runs in 37 spring plate appearances and has been tearing the cover off the ball since. In just 10 Triple-A games, Sands has five home runs, 17 RBI, two doubles and a triple to go with a .400/.422/.875 triple slash line (yes, that's an .875 slugging percentage -- good for a .1297 OPS).

It is extremely unlikely the Dodgers would promote Sands to sit him on the bench, so expect him to play at least several times a week, if not nearly everyday -- especially considering the offense other than Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier has been pretty nonexistent.

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:15 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:10 pm

Dodgers land Podsednik

<br /> <img alt="Scott Podsednik" src="http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/mlb/photogallery/072810podsednik2.jpg" style="float: right; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" width="204" height="256" /> The Royals have traded outfielder Scott Podsednik to the Dodgers for two minor leaguers, ESPN's Jayson Stark tweets</a> .<br /> <br /> Podsednik, 34, has hit in 15 straight games, including two hits in Wednesday afternoon's loss to the Twins. He's hitting .310/.353/.400 with five homers and 44 RBI, as well as 30 stolen bases.<br /> <br /> Podsednik had been rumored to have garnered strong interest from the National League West, with the Dodgers and Padres also rumored to have discussed him.<br /> <br /> The Dodgers aren't sure what they'll get from Manny Ramirez the rest of the season and currently having Xavier Paul and Garrett Anderson manning left field. Podsednik can step right in and upgrade the team's offense.<br /> <br /> <strong>UPDATE: </strong> The Royals will get Triple-A catcher Lucas May and Class A right-hander Elisaul Pimentel, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! tweets</a> .<br /> <br /> -- C. Trent Rosecrans<br /> <em><br /> For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb</a> on Twitter.</em> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />

Posted on: July 3, 2010 12:45 pm

Ramirez headed to DL

Manny Ramirez Manny Ramirez is headed to the disabled list, the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez reports .

Hernandez cites three sources that say the outfielder is headed to the DL with a strained right hamstring. Xavier Paul will be recalled from Triple-A Alburquerque to take his spot on the roster. Paul replaced Ramirez on the roster the last time he went to the DL, playing in 20 games and batting .281/.328/.404 with no homers and six RBI.

Ramirez has missed the last two games, taking a valuable bat out of the lineup. Ramirez was hitting .460 with three homers and 15 RBI in his last 15 games. The Dodgers fell to 3 1/2 games behind San Diego after losing the first game of a series in Arizona on Friday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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