Paredes Expecting A Big Year

Jimmy Paredes is excited about his game right now

Raising his batting average at least 20 points from the previous season over the past two years, Jimmy Paredes entered Spring Training extremely confident. And with the camp he just had, he is expecting a big year with the Charleston RiverDogs in 2010.

"It went very good," Jimmy Paredes said of his Spring Training through the help of a translator. "Thank God, everything has been good."

An ultra toolsy player who had been more of a pull-hitter when he initially signed, he had been working on going to the opposite field more over the past two years and he really seemed to have taken that aspect of his game to another level in camp.

"I'm just focusing on having a good balance with my hands and feet, allowing the ball to get deep, and just use my hands," he said.

Hitting the ball to left-center and left field from the left side with regularity in Spring Training was a good sign, as was seeing a bit more time defensively at shortstop and third base after spending most of 2009 at second base while returning from labrum surgery.

"It's still not 100 percent," he admitted, "but I feel better than I did last year. I feel good making plays and that's what counts."

If there has been a benefit to his injury it has been the increased versatility he has shown over the last calendar year and he believes that's a trend that will continue this upcoming South Atlantic season.

"I think I'll be moving around the three different positions, but right now I'm most comfortable at shortstop because I think I have better moves to the sides at that position."

Feeling stronger than he has in a long while and very excited about how successful he has been with his refined offensive approach, with the breakout season he had last year and the hot Spring Training he just completed, Paredes is expecting a big year in Charleston this season.

"I think everything is going so good right now that I think I can start the year off hot," he opined. "I want to have at least the same if not better numbers than I had last year. With the camp that I had I feel like I can definitely do that."

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