Slightly open stance, hands start high and tend to drift during load; above-average barrel control and hand-eye coordination; aggressive approach, gets good swings at balls he should not swing at.
Fringe average in-game power, 55 raw, pull power; average bat speed with mild leverage; approach geared more for line drives.
Average 4.33 home to first on multiple clocks; heavy feet, slow first step out of the box; probable half-grade regression as body matures.
Soft hands, makes quick transfers, average lateral range; shift away from shortstop is probable due to body type.
Above-average arm strength, accurate; could play at any infield position.
The Cubs invested heavily in Mexico during the 2015 International Signing period, including Paredes who was signed for $800,000. One of the youngest players in the Midwest League, he has shown advanced bat to ball skills and some pop while playing a quality shortstop. There is a probable move away from short due to lack of lateral quickness but the glove and arm will play wherever he lands in the infield. The speed is below average and there are questions about how the power will play but the hit tool and defense should carry him to a major league lineup.