Ronny Paulino- #9
29 years old (30 in April)
7th major league season
6'3" 250 pounds
Bats R/Throws R
Profile: He was originally signed by the Pirates in 1997 out of the Domincan Republic, and was selected by the Royals in the Rule 5 draft in 2002, but was returned early in 2003. He was traded to the Phillies in 2008, but never played a game for them, and was then shipped to Florida. He received a 50-game PED suspension for taking a diuretic in an effort to lose weight.
Good: He can mash versus lefties, with a career line of .338/.390/.491 in 531 career at bats. He also has a strong arm behind the plate.
Bad: He barely has a .300 OBP versus righties, so he's strictly a platoon player (.245/.301/.335). He also has a lot of work to do to catch up with the time he missed this spring training and learn the pitchers and their tendencies.
Role: Should be a platoon player with Josh Thole with Paulino seeing the majority of time versus LHP.
Last year's stat line: 344 AB, 4 HR, 37 RBI, .260/.311/.354
My 2011 Prediction: 300 AB, 6 HR, 40 RBI, .300/.350/.440 *As long as he just hits versus LHP and not used every day.