For the Detroit Tigers sixth ranked prospect, Isaac Paredes hitting has never been an issue. Paredes can rake with the best of them. Fresh off of posting huge numbers in the Mexican winter league. Paredes arrived in Lakeland Florida and the Tigers are ready and willing to allow him to earn a roster spot. Why? Because Isaac Paredes can help the Tigers.
Isaac Paredes will play in his first Grapefruit League game on Wednesday. This after sitting out the appropriate amount of time coming from Mexico to Florida due to MLB’s COVID guidelines.
Detroit Tigers first year manager A.J. Hinch said Paredes will start at third base, his usual position, on Thursday, then play second base this weekend. Paredes can also play the outfield.
Where Isaac Paredes will actually end up playing is a great question. But when a young player can hit like Paredes, you find a way to get him on the field. One thing it does is it gives Paredes multiple pathways to the roster.
A.J. Hinch said he feels that it would do both Paredes and the Detroit Tigers no good to send the young slugger to Triple-A. That any further development should and needs to take place in Detroit.
It was known when the Tigers traded for Isaac Paredes he was projected to be a very good hitter with power to all fields. In Mexico this past offseason Paredes had a confidence building winter ball season.
Paredes who hit just .220 with a .568 OPS in 108 plate appearances for the Detroit Tigers last summer, also had memorable moments and encouraging signs that pointed that he was close to producing more.
Then came winter ball in Mexico, and Isaac Paredes put on a show. Posting .379 average in 145 at-bats. Isaac also was first in on base percentage with .480 , he had doubles 17 , and on base plus slugging 1.060. He walked an eye popping 27 times against just 12 strikeouts in 177 plate appearances. Isaac Paredes also won the batting title.
This is what Tigers manager A.J. Hinch means when he said Triple-A would not do Paredes and the Detroit Tigers any good. Hinch may be right.
Sunday against the Cleveland Indians the Detroit Tigers watched two of the organizations top prospects pave the way for a series win. Left-handed starting pitcher Tarik Skubal and third baseman Isaac Paredes. Giving a look at what is to come for Tigers baseball.
Sunday’s game started much the way Tarik Skubal’s first start, started. A home run. This time however Skubal did not buckle or get held up in the home run. Instead, Skubal dug in and showed flashes of why he was such a fast riser in the Detroit Tigers minor league system.
In 2 1/3 innings pitched (due to a pitch count) Skubal showed his competitiveness. Striking out five Indians batters four of which wiffed on Skubal’s elusive fastball. Skubal only allowed three hits and one walk. Showing better control this time out.
Tarik Skubal looked confident as he mixed his pitch’s much better in his second major league start.
On the flip side, Detroit Tigers prospect Isaac Paredes has shown to be getting more and more relaxed and confident the more at-bats he has. Friday night at Progressive Field facing the Cleveland Indians not only did the young Paredes hit his first major league home run, the home run happened to be a grand slam.
Sunday, Paredes continued his progression. Paredes had two left field singles and a double to deep left field in a 3 for 4 afternoon. This is a surprise to no one inside the Tigers organization. Paredes has been touted as a solid contact hitter with some pop in his bat.
As Tigers fans watch some of the clubs top prospects take their first major league steps, they can not help but be encouraged by what they have seen. With no Matt Manning as of yet, both Tarik Skubal and Casey Mize have shown well.
While Isaac Paredes has Detroit fans dreaming of a time when he and Tigers prospects Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene make up the middle of the batting order.
The series win was sweet for the Detroit Tigers and the Tigers fan base. Because prospects led the charge.
Embed from Getty Images In a minor league pipeline in need of more bats, Isaac Paredes stands out. Paredes is a vey solid hitter and a very solid infielder. At just 20 years old Isaac Paredes has a lot of plus gradings. In a pipeline primed with excellent pitching Paredes stands out with his offensive skill set.
Isaac Paredes’ numbers jump out on the stats sheet. playing the entire season at Double-a Erie, Isaac batted .336 in August and .321 in September. he sported on OPS of .866, no that is not a misprint.
Where things get a little less clear is where Paredes will end up playing in the field. He broke into baseball with the Chicago Cubs as a shortstop. Paredes played two games a week at the position with the Seawolves. There are some scouts who do not think he will stick at shortstop.
At 5′ 11″ Isaac Paredes weighs 225 LBS. making it difficult to get to ground balls in the hole. Many believe Paredes is destined for third base. He gets a good jump on the ball and has shown good range at the hot corner, with a strong arm to boot.
It is his advanced hitting skills that has executives around MLB drooling. As of this moment Isaac Paredes is the only Erie Seawolf regular player to be a sure-fire major league player.
Paredes again at just 20 years old is so advanced offensively, the Detroit Tigers plan on giving him time next season at Triple-A Toledo with the Mud Hens.
Isaac Paredes has rocketed through the Tigers farm system. Just last season at 19 years old he batted .321 with a .864 OPS at Single-A Lakeland. A sluggish star to this season (by Paredes’ standards) saw the young player catch fire as mid-season approach.
Paredes has something many young hitters need time to develop, an advanced approach at the plate. Paredes does not swing at bad pitches. Paredes credits his good eye at the plate during the winter he spent playing ball in the Mexican league. He said his manager, Jose Luis Sanibel, told him being picky would help him advance faster.
Wherever Isaac Paredes winds up playing he is set to make an impact. He is a very good building block for the future Detroit Tigers team post rebuild.
Embed from Getty Images I feel like a broken record in talking about Detroit Tigers minor league phenom Isaac Paredes. Yet, here we go again. This time I have backing. Parades is the Detroit Tigers minor league player of the year by a landslide.
The single greatest thing that Isaac Paredes has going for him is his age. 19 years old. The other great thing is Paredes’s raw talent.
In the pitching dominate Florida State League. Isaac belted 12 home runs. That has not happened in a long time. The Florida league is all about pitching.
As the season moved along Isaac Paredes was moved to Double A. The Erie Seawolves. Isaac, posted even better numbers. he boasted a .319 batting average in 36 games. He also has a .404 on-base percentage and an .858 OBS.
While the Detroit Tigers are still trying to figure out where he will play in the field. The organization is toying with a corner outfield spot next season. With his bat Paredes could very well see time at Comerica Park late next season. He is that good.
The Detroit Tigers, got a heck of a baseball prospect when they acquired Paredes last season from the Chicago Cubs. He is my favorite prospect in the farm systems and has future all-star written all over him.
Isaac Paredes, will be a catalyst for the next wave of competitive baseball in Motown. Fans should go ahead and get familiar with Isaac now. Because when he arrives in the Motor City they will stand and cheer. A lot.