Originally Posted by M2
As of right now, Paul is the team's top LH PH. I'd even list him as the 4th OF instead of the 5th, mainly because he can spell Ludwick vs. tough RHPs. He hit all the way up the ladder in the minors too.
As for his defense, seems competent enough in LF and I wouldn't freak out if they played him in CF on occasion. I would recommend putting absolutely no stock in his defensive metrics in that his sample size is exceedingly small and he's never played a single position in the majors with any regularity.
He should be a lock for the 25-man and he'll be around as long as he keeps producing. In other words, it's his job to lose.
Can't agree with this at all. Chris Heisey is going to get the PT spotting in the OF. In the event of an injury, Heisey with Hannahan (and Frazier moving to the OF on occassion) is a better plan. If the Reds sign Rolen, a Hanahan/Rolen platoon with Frazier moving is a much better plan. Paul is a AAAA guy who had a good BABIP in under 100 PAs in 2013 and people are going overboard on him. He and Simon are career minor leaguers and now after a short hot streak people are acting like they are both locks. They are interchangeable parts and should not be impediments to better guys like Rolen or Hoover. If the Reds jettison Paul in a numbers game and need a lefty bat down the road, switch hitters like H-Rod and Hamilton may be moving to the front of the line and better baserunners and defensive players like Fellhauer and Felix Perez may be able to fill-in as well.
I like Paul OK and teams could do worse than him as a 25th man, but if the Reds need to cut him loose to make a room for a more valuable commodity, I won't lose any sleep.