Paul Picking His Spots

Dodgers outfielder Xavier Paul told Baseball America correspondent Tony Jackson that he is making a conscious effort this spring to be more selective at the plate.

"One thing they wanted me to work on is cutting down my strikeout-to-walk ratio," said Paul, who struck out 112 times and drew just 48 walks at Double-A Jacksonville last season. "Here, I have been trying to make a point of working counts a little bit more. A lot of my at-bats, even though I have only had (eight plate appearances), have been 3-2, 3-1. It’s something I’m working on, just a different approach."

Paul, the Dodgers’ No. 23 prospect, hit .291/.366/.429 in 422 at-bats last season for Double-A Jacksonville. The six-foot, 200-pound Paul played 106 games in the outfield last year, 98 of which were in center field, where he worked to improve his routes on fly balls. The 23-year-old should begin the season at Triple-A Las Vegas.