Jimmy Paredes’ best position is probably hitter.
His second favorite position is most likely third base. That’s the spot Paredes is occupying on Wednesday against Kansas City. Regular third baseman Matt Dominguez is expected to be out for one game with a strained quad.
Being converted from infielder to right fielder, Paredes has had his ups and downs this season playing right field. Paredes is more comfortable playing third base.
“I feel normal because I’ve played third base a lot,” said Paredes. “I’ve learned a lot playing right field. I’m working hard every day in the outfield.”
Astros manager Bo Porter likes to have Paredes’ bat in the lineup. Paredes, who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on May 6, matched a career-high with three hits and hit a three-run home run on Tuesday against the Royals.
“He played outfield and third in Oklahoma City,” said Porter. “It’s something that we knew that if we ever decided to give Matty a day off, he’d be a guy we’d put over there.
“So it makes sense with getting Matty a day off to give (Paredes) an opportunity to start at third base.”
Paredes took ground balls and participated in infield drills in spring training.
This is Paredes’ third stint over the years with the Astros. In his major league career Paredes has played 46 games at third base, 27 games in right field, six games at second base and one game in left field.
There’s no doubt that Dominguez is the Astros’ regular third baseman and that Paredes will remain in right field.
“The focus on right field (for Paredes) since he came up is because Dominguez has clearly established himself at third base.
Entering Wednesday, Paredes had started 11 of the last 14 games in right field since his recall.
“I like being in the lineup,” said Paredes. “When I see my name in the lineup it’s good. I try to get a good approach and it’s based on discipline.”