MILWAUKEE -- With All-Star Jose Altuve entrenched at second base and Jimmy Paredes putting up big numbers as the second baseman for Triple-A Oklahoma City, the Astros have begun to experiment with Paredes in the outfield. He made his debut in left field Tuesday and went 0-for-2.
Paredes played third base for the Astros the final two months of last season, but was moved to second base in the spring because of his defensive shortcomings. That put him behind Altuve on the depth chart, and the club began to discuss moving him to the outfield. He's hitting .324 with 11 homers, 49 RBIs and 31 stolen bases.
"I think he's kind of excited about it, which is nice," Astros manager Brad Mills said.
Paredes, acquired from the Yankees two years ago in the Lance Berkman deal, is athletic enough and has a strong enough arm to play anywhere in the outfield. Astros director of player development Fred Nelson said Paredes will see some time in center, as well as still get reps at second base.
"We're going to begin to work with him a little bit in the outfield," he said. "He's been taking fly balls and things like that, and we're going to play him out there probably in the short term and probably try to get him playing time in center field as well. We'll see how things go."