Isaac Paredes
21-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Detroit Tigers AAA
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
$Signed an $850,000 contract with the Cubs in July of 2015. Traded to the Tigers in July of 2017.
Sent to Toledo
3BDetroit Tigers  AAA
April 3, 2020
Paredes was optioned to Triple-A Toledo in March.
The move was officially made March 10. He went 0-for-5 in three spring games for Detroit. Paredes would have likely made his MLB debut at some point this season if there were a full 162 games, but a shortened season could delay his big-league debut until 2021.
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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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Available off bench
3BDetroit Tigers  AAA
March 3, 2020
Paredes (arm) is listed as an available reserve option on the lineup card for Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, Jason Beck of reports.
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Dealing with arm soreness
3BDetroit Tigers  AAA
February 22, 2020
Paredes is dealing with right arm soreness, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Focusing on third base
3BDetroit Tigers  AAA
February 16, 2020
Paredes, who split last season between third base and shortstop, is focusing on third this spring, Jason Beck of reports.
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Added to 40-man roster
3BDetroit Tigers  AAA
November 20, 2019
Paredes was added to the Tigers' 40-man roster on Wednesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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OK start at Double-A
3BDetroit Tigers  AAA
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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