Thursday, December 10, 2009

Featured card: 2009 Topps Heritage High Numbers Xavier Paul #668

Xavier Paul probably will not have an opportunity to get significant playing time in the Major Leagues, at least with the Dodgers - with Manny, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier patrolling the outfield at Dodger Stadium, along with Juan Pierre still lurking as a valuable [if generously overpaid] fourth outfielder.

Paul has put up solid, but unspectacular numbers in the minor leagues and made his Major League debut in 2009 - his upside is he is only going to be 25 next year and he is cheaper than Pierre, who could be traded to a team willing to take on a chunk of his salary.

Though Paul's 2009 Topps Heritage High Numbers card has the MLBPA Rookie Card logo, his first card was [#77] in the 2003 Bowman Draft set - as a collector, I still consider the 2003 Bowman Draft card as his true rookie card, since it came out before the MLBPA Rookie Card rules were introduced.

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