Player Profile: Jimmy Paredes


Jimmy Paredes is a switch hitting third baseman who was acquired by the Astros, along with closer, Mark Melancon, from the Yankees at last year’s trade deadline in exchange for Lance Berkman. When he was acquired, Paredes had been playing second base and shortstop for the Yankees High A affiliate, the Charleston Riverdogs. The Astros minor league affiliates played him at those two position in 2010, after the trade, but this past year, they moved him over to third base and he was a surprise call up by the big league team. Paredes held his own hitting .286 with 2 home runs and 18 rbi to go along with 5 steals in 9 attempts in 179 plate appearances. Now I am a huge Paredes fan and believe he should have a permanent spot on our big league club, the problem is, I do not see him as a third baseman.

Paredes has played second, third and short during his minor league career and in my opinion, he fits better as a second baseman and shortstop (in that order) than he does a third baseman. The problem with this, is that Jonathan Villar seems to be the shortstop of the future in management’s eyes with Jed Lowrie the shortstop of right now and Jose Altuve stormed onto the big league clubbing while tearing up minor league pitching and seems to be the second baseman for the foreseeable future. Paredes was likely moved to third base due to the aforementioned players being thought of highly within our organization, which is fine, however, we now have a new front office with new people calling the shots.  Paredes seems to be locked in at third base by default as the other two positions he has played, are each manned by another teammate.  In my opinion, Paredes will start the year as the Astros third baseman, but how long he will last there is up for debate as his numbers will have to improve and remain steady for him to keep his spot long term. Our gifted, young players should all be given a full year at the major league level to see what they have and what they can do, Paredes is no exception.

Next Astros Game View full schedule »
Thursday, Aug 2121 Aug1:05at New York YankeesBuy Tickets

Tags: Charleston Riverdogs Houston Astros Jed Lowrie Jimmy Paredes Jonathan Villar Mark Melancon New York Yankees

  • Red_DMartin

    @BHam2421 How is Paredes not a 3B to you? He has the athleticism and arm to be a very good one.

  • Red_DMartin

    @BHam2421 How is Paredes not a 3B to you? He has the athleticism and arm to be a very good one.

  • Stroscrow

    Paredes has actually played far less games at shortstop in his career than he has at second and third. Shortstop = 39 games, Third = 112 games, and second = 197 games.

    He was moved off of short mainly due to injury. This appears to be a non-issue now as his arm looked strong last season.

    The discussion of where Paredes should play is a tough one. Some have even suggested the outfield to utilize his speed a little more. I personally like him in the infield and think that will be where he ends up.

    He is probably best at second, but that is also where he has spent the most time. The third base transition started last season, and hopefully he takes a big step forward this season at the position. He has struggled with his footwork, and hopefully he can gain consistency with that this year. Due to his footwork issues, shortstop would be a bad choice IMO. If Paredes was to be converted to short than he needs the full year in the minors to learn the position. It would not be fair to ask him to learn the new position at the highest level of competition.

    I like Paredes at third. He possesses defensive potential, and with the alternative being CJ, who struggles defensively without much potential to improve it would be nice if he was given the season to show what he can do.

    This is assuming that he improves significantly with his bat and can hold down the starting spot. The .286 batting average is deceiving as all of his peripheral stats point to him being very lucky last year. The warning signs of a Chris Johnson regression offensively during his sophomore season are there, so hopefully Paredes can improve his walk rate and reduce his k rate to help keep this from happening.

    Mills has said that Paredes is his starting third baseman this offseason barring any unknown moves. As fans we should probably be more patient with Paredes than with Altuve and Martinez as he is the least polished of the bunches, but also possesses the best tools. His swing is a thing of beauty from the left side, and solid from the right side in my opinion. I am hopeful that he reaches his potential and becomes a special player, but I am also trying to temper my expectations.

  • LEXthePEX

    Love me some Jimmy Paredes…dude just looks the part. By no means does that mean he is going to be an all-star but I think he has the potential to become a very good regular. Not sure about 3B, he just doesn’t pass the eyeball test but he could end up being a great alternative to Altuve.

  • Stroscrow

    Paredes has actually played far less games at shortstop in his career than he has at second and third. Shortstop = 39 games, Third = 112 games, and second = 197 games.

    He was moved off of short mainly due to injury. This appears to be a non-issue now as his arm looked strong last season.

    The discussion of where Paredes should play is a tough one. Some have even suggested the outfield to utilize his speed a little more. I personally like him in the infield and think that will be where he ends up.

    He is probably best at second, but that is also where he has spent the most time. The third base transition started last season, and hopefully he takes a big step forward this season at the position. He has struggled with his footwork, and hopefully he can gain consistency with that this year. Due to his footwork issues, shortstop would be a bad choice IMO. If Paredes was to be converted to short than he needs the full year in the minors to learn the position. It would not be fair to ask him to learn the new position at the highest level of competition.

    I like Paredes at third. He possesses defensive potential, and with the alternative being CJ, who struggles defensively without much potential to improve it would be nice if he was given the season to show what he can do.

    This is assuming that he improves significantly with his bat and can hold down the starting spot. The .286 batting average is deceiving as all of his peripheral stats point to him being very lucky last year. The warning signs of a Chris Johnson regression offensively during his sophomore season are there, so hopefully Paredes can improve his walk rate and reduce his k rate to help keep this from happening.

    Mills has said that Paredes is his starting third baseman this offseason barring any unknown moves. As fans we should probably be more patient with Paredes than with Altuve and Martinez as he is the least polished of the bunches, but also possesses the best tools. His swing is a thing of beauty from the left side, and solid from the right side in my opinion. I am hopeful that he reaches his potential and becomes a special player, but I am also trying to temper my expectations.

    • Its Gonna Happen

      @Stroscrow I think you’re right about his sophmore slump. I think if Paredes doesn’t blow us away in Spring Training, he should spend some time in AAA.

  • LEXthePEX

    Love me some Jimmy Paredes…dude just looks the part. By no means does that mean he is going to be an all-star but I think he has the potential to become a very good regular. Not sure about 3B, he just doesn’t pass the eyeball test but he could end up being a great alternative to Altuve.

  • Its Gonna Happen

    @Stroscrow I think you’re right about his sophmore slump. I think if Paredes doesn’t blow us away in Spring Training, he should spend some time in AAA.