Isaac Paredes’ 1st home run is a grand slam to give Detroit Tigers lead vs. Indians

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Tigers third baseman Isaac Paredes has only been on the big-league roster for five days.

And he is only 21 years old.

But the Tigers called him up Monday to leave his mark with a power bat, and he executed in the fourth inning Friday against the Cleveland Indians.

Paredes launched a 386-foot grand slam to left field for his first MLB home run to give the Tigers a 7-5 lead, capping a seven-run inning to erase a five-run deficit. His hit came on a 91.5 mph fastball from right-handed starter Adam Plutko. 

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He’s the first Tiger since Brennan Boesch on April 30, 2010 to hit a grand slam for his first career homer.

In his MLB debut Monday against the Chicago White Sox, Paredes earned his first hit in the majors on a two-RBI single. His home run Friday marks the second hit of his career — he now has six RBIs. 

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Through four minor-league seasons and 424 games, Paredes slashed .274/.355/.420 with 40 homers and 232 RBIs. He is ranked as the organization’s No. 6 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. 

The Tigers acquired Paredes at the 2017 trade deadline in a deal that sent closer Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila to the Chicago Cubs. Along with Paredes, Detroit added infielder Jeimer Candelario in the trade.

Evan Petzold is a sports reporting intern at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold. The Free Press has started a new digital subscription model. Here’s how you can gain access to our most exclusive Detroit Tigers content. 

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