Detroit Tigers’ Isaac Paredes tearing up Mexican Pacific Winter League, hits grand slam

Detroit Free Press

Evan Petzold
 
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Detroit Tigers third baseman Isaac Paredes remembers crushing grand slam to left field for his first MLB home run, propelling his team to a 10-5 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Aug. 21.

Now, the 21-year-old is doing the same in Mexico.

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Playing for Venados de Mazatlán in the Mexican Pacific Winter League, Paredes hit a fourth-inning grand slam to left field Wednesday off 35-year-old lefty Orlando Lara to give his team a 6-5 lead. Batting third in the lineup, he finished 4-for-5 with four RBIs.

Paredes’ team lost, 12-10, to Charros de Jalisco. On Thursday, Venados de Mazatlán picked up a 9-7 victory against the same opponent, with Paredes going 1-for-3 (double) with one RBI and two walks.

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Although Venados de Mazatlán has an 8-14 record, Paredes has only played in six games. He is 8-for-21 (.381) with one double, one home run, six RBIs, seven walks and four strikeouts. He possesses a .536 on-base percentage and a .571 slugging percentage.

Last offseason, Paredes played 44 games in the Mexican Pacific Winter League for a different team (Yaquis de Obregón). He had a .295 batting average with two homers and 20 RBIs. This is his fourth consecutive winter competing in Mexico.

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Paredes made his MLB debut for the Tigers on Aug. 17, four days before his big-league slam. He finished the season 22-for-100 (.220) with one home run and six RBIs in 34 games after being called up from the alternate training site in Toledo. He had four doubles, eight walks and 24 strikeouts.

From Sept. 12 through Sept. 24, Paredes held a 10-game hitting streak.

He is ranked as the Tigers’ No. 6 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He was acquired (with third baseman Jeimer Candelario) from the Chicago Cubs in a July 2017 trade. The Tigers sent catcher Alex Avila and left-handed reliever Justin Wilson to the Cubs.

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Evan Petzold is a sports reporting intern at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

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