Deep Dive at Projecting Astros Bullpen Contributors (Part Two)
After unexpectedly contributing in the shortened 2020 season, Parades struggled through injury and ineffectiveness in his 12 outings in 2021, registering a leverage index of 1.1. Paredes was used as the long man four times, allowed three of five inherited runners to score and accumulated a 6.23 ERA.
On the bright side seven of his twelve appearances were considered clean and he registered two holds.
Does Parades have a future in Houston?
It’s difficult to picture that right now, but once the season begins and injuries become a thing, there’s a chance Parades is called upon to throw some innings.
Abreu is still only 24-years-old (turns 25 in April) and there’s hope he can contribute for the Astros in 2022. I’m a bit surprised at his 1.2 leverage index, but Abreu did have five save opportunities during the year and was only one of five, converting his one easy opportunity and going zero for two each in regular and tough chances.
Just over half of his 31 appearances were considered clean, which is not optimal, and he recorded seven holds and a 5.75 ERA. Abreu is young enough and has shown enough to be given another chance, but you have to wonder when and if the light will go on.