At 19 years old, Isaac Paredes is the youngest player in the Eastern League. And he's showed a lot of exuberance on the circuit.
The No. 12 Tigers prospect collected three hits and a professional-best six RBIs on Thursday in Double-A Erie's 15-7 rout of Harrisburg at FNB Field. The career night improved his average to .330 and his OPS to .886.
Video: Erie's Paredes homers
Paredes was promoted to the Eastern League on July 19 after compiling a slash line of .259/.338/.455 with Class A Advanced Lakeland to begin the season. Even though it's considered the toughest step in the Minors, his offense has only picked up in Double-A with his average and OPS jumping 71 points and 93 points respectively since the promotion.
"He's very patient -- very rarely does he swing at the first pitch," SeaWolves manager Andrew Graham said. "He's got a very advanced eye for his age. He takes a lot of borderline pitches, he doesn't swing at breaking stuff in the dirt and he swings at his pitch. ... His approach at the plate is very mature for his age, he's got great baseball instincts. This kid can hit."
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The Hermosillo, Mexico, native cleared the bases with a three-run double to center field in the third inning, then launched a three-run homer to left in the seventh.
After eighth-ranked Tigers prospect Daz Cameron and No. 10 Willi Castro were recently called up to Triple-A Toledo, the middle of Erie's order was a little thin. So Graham placed Paredes in the No. 3 hole on Thursday and he did not disappoint.
While in Lakeland, Paredes primarily played shortstop, but he's been slotted in heavily at third base with the SeaWolves.
"We are moving him around at this stage to see what we can get out of him, see what he'll be down the road," Graham said. "Obviously, he's 19 years of age, so there's no reason to pick a position now. There's no rush to make him stick at one position. At this stage he'll play mostly third base and shortstop and we'll go from there. ... I think instructional league or Spring Training of next year, the decision will be made on what he will be."
Paredes was signed by the Cubs as an international free agent in 2015, but wound up heading to the Tigers at the 2017 Trade Deadline with Jeimer Candelario for reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila.
No. 19 Tigers prospect Sergio Alcantara went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and Danny Woodrow doubled and crossed the plate three times for the SeaWolves, who totaled 15 hits.
Dan Gamache finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs for Harrisburg.