Angels acquire Schlichting for Paul

Angels acquire Schlichting for Paul

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim traded Josh Paul to Tampa Bay for minor league infielder Travis Schlichting on Monday.

Paul, designated for assignment earlier this month, hit .189 with two homers and four RBI's in 34 games for the Angels.

But his most memorable play came in the AL Championship Series when A.J. Pierzynski reached base after Paul rolled the ball back to the mound after what he thought was a strikeout. The umpire, however, ruled that Paul trapped the ball and Pierzynski took off for first. That runner ended up scoring the winning run in a 2-1 game.

Travis Schlichting, 21, spent the year in the Midwest League for Southwest Michigan, the same full season Low-A level that the Cedar Rapids plays in.

Schlichting hit .252 with 19 doubles, three triples, three homers and 39 RBI's in 111 games.

A third baseman, Schlichting stole 13 bases in 16 attempts – walking 27 times while whiffing 81 times. The Colorado native overcame a .183 month of June to hit .294 over the final 48 games of the season.

Schlichting is a career .251 hitter in 251 games with 40 doubles, five homers, 82 RBI's and 115 runs scored. He was originally a fourth round pick in 2003 by the Devil Rays.

His glove work at third base was among the best in the league. He placed second in fielding percentage among all third basemen in the Midwest League who played in 31 games or more. Only Cedar Rapids own Freddy Sandoval had a better fielding percentage.

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