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Dodgers Call Up Jerry Sands

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MLB.com beat reporter Ken Gurnick tweeted the following a few minutes ago:

  • The Dodgers have called up Jerry Sands from Albuquerque. See dodgers.com.

  •  The Dodgers designated fan favorite Xavier Paul for assignment. The Dodgers are not calling him up to sit the bench, so I imagine he will start in left field tonight, and play some first base at some point as well. The left field experiment of Tony Gwynn Jr., Marcum Thames and Jay Gibbons is over, for now.

    More from Eric Stephen over at True Blue LA:

    Sands has played corner outfield and first base, though it remains to be seen what his role will be on the Dodgers. For tonight at least, Sands is batting seventh and playing left field. He will wear No. 47 with the Dodgers, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.

    "To me, he's got a different demeanor than I've seen from most guys. He's a guy who doesn't get bothered, he makes adjustments. His approach is solid," Mattingly said of Sands. "He's one of those guys you feel like if he struggles a little bit, it's not going to change his mind."

    Sands should be picked up in NL-only leagues, and in deeper mixed leagues, as he can provide some power and a decent batting average.

    Update 7:57pm:

    From ESPN's Keith Law:

    Sands, a right-handed hitter, was No. 7 on Keith Law's Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects List and stands to help offensively. "He needs to play first," Law said Monday, but added that Sands has "real raw power. I'd expect some home runs but a low average and lots of swing and miss."

    Sands struck out at a 25% rate in Low A and 24% in AA, but also walked at a 14% rate in Low A and 11% rate in AA.