The Detroit Tigers are struggling to get to the end of the 2019 season, but great performances by prospects in the minor league system should remind fans that the organization’s future looks bright.
With the Detroit Tigers on pace to finish 2019 with the worst record in the MLB, the organization’s collection of up-and-coming minor league talent should not discourage fans in the long run. As the Tigers of the future begin to take shape, one player Motor City baseball fans should keep their eyes on is Double-A infielder Isaac Paredes.
Paredes, a native of Mexico, was signed by the Chicago Cubs organization in 2016 at the age of 17. The shortstop then came to the Tigers as part of the trade in 2017 that brought Jeimer Candelario to Detroit and sent Alex Avila to the Windy City.
Since the trade, Paredes has impressed enough both with his offense and defense to move up the ranks within the Tigers’ farm system, beginning in West Michigan in 2017 and now in Double-A Erie in 2019. Paredes was first promoted to Erie at the end of 2018 and ended up hitting .321 with 22 RBI in just 39 games.
So far this season with the SeaWolves, the 20-year-old is batting a very solid .280 with 62 RBI and 12 home runs. Paredes was also selected to participate in the MLB All-Star Futures Game in Cleveland back in July, where he hit a double in his only AB of the game.
With a .354 career OBP in the minor leagues, Isaac Paredes could work his way up to becoming one of the everyday lineup hitters the Detroit Tigers desperately need for the future. With his ability to get on base play multiple infield positions on defense, the youngster could end up becoming a key piece on both offense and defense for the Tigers of the future.
At just 20 years old and already making a splash in Double-A, it wouldn’t be all the surprising if Detroit Tigers fans see Isaac Paredes on the big-league roster sometime during the 2020 season, as it seems likely that he could begin next year in Toledo. His offensive skill and his defensive versatility make Paredes look like a possible future star.