By Matt Snyder
Monday afternoon, the Dodgers announced they were designating Xavier Paul for assignment and would promote prospect Jerry Sands as a corresponding move. Sands will immediately be inserted into the starting lineup, as he's slated to bat seventh and start in left field Monday night against the Braves. He will wear jersey No. 47.
Sands, 23, is one of the top prospects in the Dodgers system. A burly 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Sands has hit for some good power in the minors. Last season, between Class A-Advanced and Double-A, he hit .301 with 35 home runs, 93 RBI, 102 runs, 28 doubles and a .981 OPS.
He kept things moving in the spring and carried it over to the start of the regular season in 2011. He had a .999 OPS with two home runs in 37 spring plate appearances and has been tearing the cover off the ball since. In just 10 Triple-A games, Sands has five home runs, 17 RBI, two doubles and a triple to go with a .400/.422/.875 triple slash line (yes, that's an .875 slugging percentage -- good for a .1297 OPS).
It is extremely unlikely the Dodgers would promote Sands to sit him on the bench, so expect him to play at least several times a week, if not nearly everyday -- especially considering the offense other than Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier has been pretty nonexistent.
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