Isaac Paredes
20-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
2020 Fantasy Outlook
It is tempting to romanticize Paredes' 83:76 K:BB in 166 games at Double-A. He clearly has an excellent command of the strike zone, especially for a player who doesn't turn 21 until February. However, he is a 5-foot-11, 225-pound third baseman with below-average speed and average raw power. A mediocre defender whose body figures to get even worse over the next five years, Paredes will need to max out offensively to be an everyday player. He could have some seasons where he hits .280 with 20 home runs, but we should not expect more than that. To say Detroit lacks high-end position player talent on the big-league roster would be an understatement, so even if Paredes is just OK, he will be given a long leash as an everyday player. However, if/when the Tigers get serious about winning, he could start to get squeezed for playing time. He should spend most of the year at Triple-A. Read Past Outlooks
Added to 40-man roster
3BDetroit Tigers
November 20, 2019
Paredes was added to the Tigers' 40-man roster on Wednesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
This move protects him from the Rule 5 draft. While he does not turn 21 until February, Paredes already has 166 games under his belt at Double-A, hitting .291/.376/.425 with 16 home runs and six steals over that stretch. He has a good command of the strike zone, but at 5-foot-11, 225 pounds, he is not a good defender and is a below-average runner, so his bat will really need to carry him. Fortunately, the Tigers have very little standing in his way on the big-league roster, so Paredes seems like the third baseman of the future. He should spend most of the year at Triple-A and could debut in the second half.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Paredes' game is predicated on making hard contact at a high clip -- he had a 15.1 K% as one of the youngest players at High-A and Double-A. Cutting his infield-flyball rate from 32.2% to 23.9% and upping his line-drive rate from 15.9% to 22.5% helped him raise his AVG to .321 at Double-A, but that mark does not appear sustainable. He pulled the ball over 57% of the time last year. For context, Andrelton Simmons led qualified MLB hitters with a 51.0 Pull% last season, so Paredes will need to make adjustments in the coming years to avoid being neutralized by the shift. He has 50-grade power but is a below-average runner (listed at 5-foot-11, 225 pounds), which is why he seems destined for third base or the keystone. The Tigers are not competing anytime soon, so even if he appears ready this summer, they may play service-time games and keep him down until 2020.
The youngest qualified hitter in the Midwest League, Paredes more than held his own (108 wRC+), even while experiencing brutal luck (.214 BABIP) after a deadline trade from the Cubs to the Tigers. While Jeimer Candelario was the big-league ready piece in that deal, which sent Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to Chicago, Paredes was the lower-level prospect for Tigers fans to dream on. He hit four home runs in his first 10 games after the trade, but notched just 10 hits in his final 22 games. Even amid those struggles, he posted a 13:13 K:BB in 32 games with the Whitecaps. A thick 5-foot-11, he lacks prototypical size for the left side of the infield, but his bat has a chance to profile at third base if he eventually moves off shortstop. He excels at making contact, and while his batting averages don't stand out, he gets rave reviews for his hitting ability. Paredes is not as exciting or toolsy as he is polished and skilled, making him one of the safer teenage prospects in the game.
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OK start at Double-A
3BDetroit Tigers
April 22, 2019
Paredes is slashing .265/.328/.367 through 13 games at Double-A Erie with one home run and 10 RBI.
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Moves to Erie
3BDetroit Tigers
July 19, 2018
Paredes was promoted to Double-A Erie on Thursday.
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Bat heating up at High-A
3BDetroit Tigers
July 5, 2018
Paredes went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk Wednesday for High-A Lakeland in its 6-0 win over Jupiter.
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Showing power early
3BDetroit Tigers
April 16, 2018
Paredes is 9-for-37 (.243) with seven RBI, two home runs and three extra-base hits to begin the year at High-A Lakeland.
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Begins season in High-A
3BDetroit Tigers
March 30, 2018
Paredes will start the 2018 campaign with High-A Lakeland, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
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