Xavier Paul Wins 2009 Mulvey Award

OF Xavier Paul was presented with the Jim and Dearie Mulvey Award, which is given annually to the top rookie in big league Spring Training as voted on by the coaching staff. The award has been given every year since 1969 (2b Ted Sizemore won) and is named for the former owners who held a share of the Brooklyn Dodgers 1912-1938.

Paul, 24, is batting .333 with one home run, a team-best 13 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 28 games.  He also ranks second on the team with a .406 on-base percentage behind only INF Juan Castro's .431 mark. 

Paul was selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. He batted .316 with 28 doubles, nine homers, and 68 RBI in 115 games with Triple-A Las Vegas last year. The Mulveys were owners of the Dodgers from 1938 to 1944.

Paul is recognized as having he best outfield arm in the minor league system.

Five of the Mulvey winners went on to earn National League Rookie of the Year honors. They included second baseman Ted Sizemore (1969) the first recipient of the award; Fernando Valenzuela (1981), who also won the Cy Young Award the same season; first baseman Eric Karros (1992), who is the all-time Los Angeles home run leader with 269; catcher Mike Piazza (1993), who is the only player to win the award twice, in 1992 and 1993; and Raul Mondesi (1994), who later became the first 30-home runs, 30-steals player in Los Angeles history. He hit 30 homers and stole 32 bases in 1997 and then repeated in 1999 when he hit 33 and swiped 36.

Previous winners:
2009 -- OF Xavier Paul
2008 -- 3b Blake DeWitt
2007 -- 2B Tony Abreu
2006 -- LHP Hong-Chih Kuo
2005 -- OF Jason Repko
2004 -- 1B James Loney
2003 -- OF Chin-Feng Chen
2002 -- SS Cesar Izturis
2001 -- RHP Luke Prokopec
2000 -- OF Tony Mota
1999 -- RHP Onan Masaoka
1998 -- 1B Paul Konerko
1997 -- 2B Wilton Guerrero
1996 -- 1B Jay Kirkpatrick
1995 -- RHP Antonio Osuna
1994 -- OF Raul Mondesi
1993 -- C Mike Piazza
1992 -- C Mike Piazza
1991 -- 1B Eric Karros
1990 -- RHP Jim Nedlnger
1989 -- OF Chris Gwynn
1988 -- SS Craig Shipley
1987 -- OF Mike Ramsey
1986 -- OF Reggie Williams
1985 -- 1B Sid Bream
1984 -- 3B German Rivera
1983 -- RHP Orel Hershiser
1982 -- OF Mike Marshall
1981 -- LHP Fernando Valenzuela
1980 -- OF Rudy Law
1979 -- OF Pedro Guerrero
1978 -- RHP Bob Welch
1977 -- RHP Rick Sutcliffe
1976 -- OF Glenn Burke
1975 -- RHP Rick Rhoden
1974 -- 3B Jerry Royster
1973 -- RHP Eddie Solomon
1972 -- C Steve Yeager
1971 -- RHP Bobby Darwin
1970 -- OF Bill Buckner
1969 -- 2B Ted Sizemore

 


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