Isaac Paredes
20-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Detroit Tigers AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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OK start at Double-A
3BDetroit Tigers  AA
April 22, 2019
Paredes is slashing .265/.328/.367 through 13 games at Double-A Erie with one home run and 10 RBI.
The batting average is fine and in line with his career mark of .270, but Paredes has seen his slugging percentage drop from .458 in 39 games at Double-A last year to .367 so far this season. The 20-year-old has a career .419 slugging percentage in the minors across four professional seasons, so he will likely begin driving the ball more as the season progresses.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
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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Moves to Erie
3BDetroit Tigers  AA
July 19, 2018
Paredes was promoted to Double-A Erie on Thursday.
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Bat heating up at High-A
3BDetroit Tigers  AA
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  AA
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  AA
March 30, 2018
Paredes will start the 2018 campaign with High-A Lakeland, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
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Dealt to Tigers
3BDetroit Tigers  AA
July 30, 2017
Paredes was dealt to the Tigers along with Jeimer Candelario for Justin Wilson and Alex Avila, Lynn Henning of The Detroit News reports.
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