Paredes was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday. Paredes was thought to be in the mix for a starting role despite hitting .220/.278/.290 in his 34-game debut last season, but his .435 spring OPS didn't exactly help his case. His demotion could open up starts for non-roster invitee Renato Nunez, though the team could also turn to utility players Harold Castro or Niko Goodrum.
Paredes went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies. Paredes was a late arrival to camp due to visa issues, but he's jumped out to a 3-for-9 start at the plate with the one home run. The 22-year-old recently played some second base in a Grapefruit League game, though he projects as the Tigers' regular third baseman once the regular season begins.
Paredes looked good at second base in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Paredes made a few diving catches and received strong reviews from teammates for his play at the keystone. The 22-year-old exclusively played third base during his debut 2020 campaign, but the ability to play several infield positions could help him earn more at-bats this season. Jonathan Schoop, who arrived at camp Sunday after being delayed due to visa issues, figures to be the regular second baseman for the Tigers once he clears intake testing and gets up to speed.
Paredes (visa issues) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Phillies, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Paredes didn't arrive last week for the start of workouts for position players, but he's since resolved his immigration status. Though he'll be on the bench for Monday's game against the Yankees, the Tigers want him to put in another workout or two before clearing him for his spring debut. The 22-year-old is the leading candidate to serve as the Tigers' Opening Day starter at third base.
Paredes won't be available for Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies while he waits to pass a physical, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. After his arrival to spring training was delayed by visa issues, Paredes wasn't scheduled to start in Sunday's spring opener, but the 22-year-old has at least completed his COVID-19 intake testing. Passing the physical should merely be a formality for Paredes, who could be ready to play as soon as Monday's game against the Yankees.
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