Just got promoted to AA Erie. In his first 4 games, he’s hitting a cool .455 with 3 RBI.
His numbers at high A Lakeland take a little bit of drilling down to appreciate. He hit “only” .259 but had 12 homers and 48 RBI in 84 games and had an OPS of .793. Now, that looks OK but the thing you have to remember is that he’s a 19 year old playing against guys 22-23 on average at High A. It’s a tick older than that now that he’s in AA. He’s the first teenager to hit double digit homers over a *season* in the FSL (notoriously a pitcher’s league) since Giancarlo Stanton and the more forgettable Matt Dominguez did it in 2009. He hit .305 in June and .310 in the month of July before the promotion, so the overall hitting numbers don’t really tell the full story of where he was at.
The long and short of it is that his bat is clearly very advanced, as had been thought when they acquired him from the Cubs in the Justin Wilson/Alex Avila deal which also brought over Candalerio. Candy’s been scuffling mightily over the past 6 weeks or so but I think most still believe he’ll be a quality bat and respectable third baseman over the long haul…but Parades may end up as the biggest get in that trade. The big question is, at what position? He’s already at a point that they say he’ll have to slim down if he’s going to stay at SS, with a move to 3B, 2B or even corner OF likely if that doesn’t happen. He’s apparently got good hands, arm and feel but range is limited…and you figure at 19 there’s a chance he fills out more just as much as him slimming down.
Lynn Henning has a good piece on him today.