It certainly isn’t a burning question for the Orioles though it is an intriguing one.
What do they do with Jimmy Paredes?
There are many other issues that have to be decided, free agents to be signed, so the Paredes question isn’t at hand, yet.
Nearly dispatched from the 40-man roster last offseason, Paredes tore through spring training. He hurt his back in March and started the season on the disabled list.
Once Jonathan Schoop went on the disabled list, Schoop started hitting and didn’t stop for a while. As late as May 27, Paredes was hitting .353 and was still at .319 on July 1.
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Opportunities weren’t as plentiful for Paredes in the second half of the season when he hit just .216 and struck out 42 times in 107 plate appearances.
Overall, his numbers are deceiving. His .275 average with 10 home runs and 42 RBIs looks fairly impressive, but not when the season’s second half is considered.
Paredes strikes out more than five times as often as he walks, and while he’s a switch hitter all 10 of his home runs came against right-handed pitchers.
Later in the season, the Orioles used others in the DH spot. They’d like to be able to count on him next year, but he’s so streaky that they wonder if he’ll ever hit as well as he did in the first half of last season.
To say that Paredes is a liability in the field is being overly generous. He made three errors in just 12 innings at third base for an unheard of fielding percentage of .571.
Paredes did manage to get through 51 2/3 innings at second without making an error, but five of those six games came in interleague play when he was hot and Schoop was out.
The plan is for Paredes to play the outfield in the Dominican Republic next month. The Orioles can always use an outfielder who can hit.
If the Orioles are convinced Paredes can be hit, at least occasionally, perhaps there’s a place for him. If not, they’ll have to remember his hot half-season of 2015 as his high point.
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