Paredes Settling In

Paredes is hitting .333 in his last 10 games

CHARLESTON, SC - After a somewhat slow start, Jimmy Paredes is picking up the pace in his first season with the Charleston RiverDogs. His overall batting average of .274 is somewhat deceptive because in the last ten games this season, he has batted a strong .333. And if his coaches are correct, this may be just the beginning.

Jimmy Paredes made an impact last season in Staten Island. Batting .302 with 23 stolen bases, he was named an NYP Mid-Season All Star and was the NYP All Star Game Top Star. Even though Paredes felt like he had a successful Spring Training, he did not get off to a fast start in Charleston.

"I had a really good Spring Training," he said through the help of a translator. "I worked really hard. I worked on all of the things I needed to work on to be ready for the season."

When asked about his recent success at the plate, Paredes gives credit to extra time spent working on his hitting.

"I started going in to the cage more often. I got into a routine and have been picking it up a little bit. The coaches have been working with me a lot."

Both RiverDogs manager Greg Colbrunn and hitting coach Justin Turner attribute the surge in his batting average to his becoming comfortable with his game.

"He's getting more control, he's getting his legs under him. He was a little jumpy the first few weeks, but now he is settling in," Colbrunn explained. "And, hopefully, that is a sign of things to come."

Turner also feels that Paredes is just settling in. "It's one of those early season things. He's finally getting settled and realizing he can play. He is doing a good job."

Turner describes Paredes as being "patiently aggressive" at the plate.

"He wants to get the bat going early. His biggest thing is just getting a good pitch and not getting over-aggressive," he explained. "When he is patient, he gets a good pitch to hit and he is going good."

Turner believes that the 6-foot-1 switch-hitter possesses many strengths at the plate.

"He can drive the ball and he has a lot of pop in his bat," he said. "He is one of those switch-hitters that can drive the ball from both sides of the plate."

So far this season, Paredes has had six extra base hits — five doubles and one home run. Turner is not concerned about the power numbers even though Paredes' slugging percentage is .333.

"I'm not looking for him to drive the ball out of the park, it's not his role. It's one of those late things, you know? I'm just looking for him to put good at-bats together," Turner said.

"His power will come," he added.

Paredes believes that one of his strong points is his speed. While playing in Staten Island last season, he racked up 23 stolen bases in fifty-four games. In playing 32 games with the RiverDogs, he has accumulated 17 steals. Turner is impressed with, but not surprised by Paredes' speed and his good instincts.

"He is looking to run when he gets out there and he does a good job reading the pitchers," Turner said. "He's smart. He looks at them in the dugout and when he is out there, he is prepared."

The 21 year-old right-handed infielder has been playing multiple positions so far this season. He primarily played second base in his first month in Charleston.

Paredes, who admits that he enjoys playing shortstop, has been playing that position more frequently in the last two weeks. In addition, he has made a few appearances at third base. Paredes said that one of the aspects of his game that he would like to improve is his fielding.

"The main thing is taking care of the baseball — slowing down and making a good throw to first base," he explained.

Paredes, who had labrum surgery prior to the 2009 season, states that his goal is to "try and get better every year and to stay healthy."

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