Eduardo Paredes

Position: RHP
Born: 03/06/95
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 170
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Signed as an international free agent (Venezuela) on March 12, 2012 (LAA).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
1-0 with a 1.89 ERA and two saves in 24 games between Mobile (Double-A) and Salt Lake (Triple-A) striking out 43 and walking 15 in 38 innings while allowing 31 hits for a .217 BAA.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Salt Lake on June 23 when 1B C.J. Cron was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 06/23/17

Debut Details
June 23, in a 9-4 loss to the Red Sox. The second of four pitchers, he allowed two runs on two hits in two-and-one-third innings, walking one and striking out one. Of 38 pitches thrown, 24 were for strikes. He inherited two runners and did not allow either to score. Coming on in relief of right-handed starter Alex Meyer with two on and one out in the bottom of the fourth, he got Deven Marrero to hit into a 1-2 fielder's choice, gunning out Jackie Bradley, Jr. at home before retiring Mookie Betts on a grounder back to the mound. In the fifth, Dustin Pedroia grounded out to third, Xander Bogaerts singled to left, and Mitch Moreland grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. In the sixth, Andrew Benintendi grounded out to second and Hanley Ramirez grounded out to first before Bradley drew a two-out walk and Sandy Leon homered to right field. Marrero then struck out on a foul tip to end the inning.

Player Notes
Maybe the most head-scratching sleeper on this list, Paredes, just 22 years old, has put up pretty consistently spectacular numbers year-after-year, thanks to a pair of fastballs that include a four-seamer in the mid-to-high 90s and a two-seamer with sink in the low 90s that are both viewed as plus pitches, and yet is barely ranked as a so-called "prospect" by any of the usual suspects. So we're going out on a limb and calling him one right here and right now, if by "prospect" you mean a strong young arm who has been successful at every stop and has the potential to be a solid MLB pitcher for years to come. Works for me. After starting his pro career at age 17 and going 23-for-23 in save opportunities in his first three Short-Season A campaigns, he spent 2015 between two Class A stops for his first full pro season: Burlington (Class A) and Inland Empire (High A) and collected 20 saves while posting a 2.44 ERA in 48 games, striking out 72 and walking just 10 in 55 1/3 innings, limiting opposing hitters to a .217 BAA. Last summer between Inland Empire and Arkansas (Double-A) he posted a 3.33 ERA in 54 games with as saves, striking out 75 in 60 1/3 innings while walking 20. With a 3/4's delivery and a decent curveball to go with the fastball tandem, keep an eye on this young man.