Sometimes hitting rock bottom is enough to drive a man to success.

Jake Paulson’s rise in the Indians organization with the RubberDucks isn’t a surprise to anyone who knows the 26-year old out of Wixom, Mich.

Cut by the Cincinnati Reds on March 28, the right-hander was left wondering what to do next until the Indians came calling two days later.

“It was tough at first because that’s the team you were drafted by,” Paulson said. “I was with them since 2014. I didn’t even go home after I was released by the Reds. I stayed in Arizona. My agent and the Indians were in contact pretty quick. I threw a bullpen for them and signed with them right after that.”

The next move for the Indians acquisition was to finish spring training with the organization before heading to Lynchburg, where he went 2-2 with a 4.71 earned run average and 10 strikeouts.

Since joining the Ducks, Paulson is 3-1 with a 2.24 ERA and has struck out 24.

“He’s been huge, from the zeros he puts up to just the simple fact of eating up innings,” RubberDucks manager Tony Mansolino said. “We’re short right now in a lot of ways because we’re having to build up some of our bullpen guys to be starters. To go six or get into the seventh sometimes, not only is it good for that game, but it’s good for the next two or three days after his game.

“He’s been enormous. You could make a pretty good case that since he’s been here, he’s been our MVP.”

Paulson’s rise has been one of the biggest factors for the Ducks, who have been putting together a starting rotation on the fly with Shane Bieber promoted to Triple-A Columbus and injuries to Aaron Civale and Michael Peoples.

“It’s been amazing,” Ducks pitching coach Rigo Beltran said. “Especially at a time where we’ve needed [Paulson]the most. His consistency has really helped us make it through some games. Like [Wednesday], we had only two relievers available. The fact he’s stayed consistent with his profile — which is, he’s in the 90 percentile in groundballs — he’s helping us get quick outs and helping us get deeper in the games.

“I think the biggest thing I’ve been impressed with is that he’s come from a different organization in the Cincinnati Reds and is embracing our philosophies. He came in with an open mindset and wants to get better.”

Armed with a fastball, changeup, slider, curveball, four-seam and a slider, the 6-foot-7 Paulson has topped out at 93 miles per hour this year but has reached 95 in the past.

But he has more than just an army of pitches working for him after being cut.

“I definitely want [the Reds] to regret the decision for sure,” Paulson said. “I’m happy that the Indians are starting me as well. I wanted to be a starter. I’m glad they’re giving me the opportunity to do that. I’m just going to keep on going and see what happens.

“I’m just trusting my pitches, honestly. Rigo and I work on my mechanics every day. I’ve switched some things up on my changeup and my slider. It’s been a lot more consistent. It’s helped me get a lot more outs, a lot more strikeouts.”

The impressive showings have the entire organization thinking big things.

“We haven’t even scraped his ceiling yet,” Beltran said. “I think he’s starting to figure some things out. He’s been in pro ball for four or five years. We’re starting to fine tune his stuff. I think he has a shot to pitch in the big leagues as a starter or a reliever.”