Paul McAnulty, a lefthanded-hitting outfielder who failed to establish himself in several stints with the San Diego Padres, has signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox.
A 27-year-old who has been described as a “Matt Stairs-type,” McAnulty batted .207 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 66 games for San Diego last season.
He will be reunited with hitting coach Dave Magadan, who formerly held the same post with the Padres.
Red Sox scouting director Jason McLeod confirmed the move to the San Diego Union-Tribune yesterday.
“I think he fits a lot of what we look for in the American League. If he comes in and wins a major league job, I think his swing will work for our ballpark,” said McLeod, who, as a Padres scout, originally signed McAnulty in 2002 after he was drafted out of Long Beach State.
“He’s going to fight for a spot on our bench – left field and maybe first base. He really wanted to come here.”
He has a career on-base percentage of .400 in the minor leagues, but that has not translated to the big leagues. In parts of four seasons in San Diego, McAnulty has batted .208 with five homers and 21 RBIs in 212 at-bats over 124 games.
He also has struck out 62 times in has major league career — or roughly once every 3.5 at-bats — and the Union-Tribune noted that “[McAnulty] made some critical mistakes in the season’s first half, both on the basepaths and in left field. After demoting him in early July, the Padres did not recall him.”
Just for the heck of it, here’s his brief writeup from the 2008 Baseball Prospectus: “Bad-bodied Paul McAnulty has yet to show well in three cups of San Diego coffee. Despite this, he still looks like a serviceable pinch-hitter and spare outfielder who would provide good on-base skills.”