Originally Posted by Big Klu
I don't see it (and I like Xavier Paul). CF is the outfield position at which he has the least experience. With the club's commitment to pitching and defense, I don't know if they would go with Paul as anything more than an emergency option in CF.
I see Xavier as a decent 5th OF on a good club (or a 4th OF on a bad club). There's nothing wrong with that--Herm Winningham was very useful in that same role for the Reds in 1990.
Winningham is a good comp to Paul. I don' think he ever starts in CF but he has been a very good lefty bat so far of this season and maybe beyond 2012.
I watched the postgame interviews and Dusty isn't happy at all with the defense. One of the few times I have ever seen Dusty really upset openly with his team. They do need to tighten things up. If this had been a better opponent this weekend the Reds could have easily lost 3 of 4 instead of winning 3 of 4. Thank goodness the Cubs were the Cubs and gave back nearly every gift that was given them.