A lot of people overlooked a late spring training deal between the Rays and the Tigers that sent Austin Meadows to Detroit and Isaac Paredes to Tampa Bay. That's not the case anymore, though. Rays fans have fallen in love with their new infielder and his teammates certainly feel the same way.
Paredes hit his team-leading 18th home run of the season on Sunday afternoon. Keep in mind this is a player that many expected to make an impact in the future, but not right away. Catcher Christian Bethancourt even trolled the Tigers by explaining how the team is "thankful" they provided Paredes.
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It was a simple, yet savage way to throw some shade toward Detroit. Vibes were definitely high after the Rays scored a season-high 12 runs on 17 hits to avoid being swept by the Boston Red Sox. Paredes' pair of long balls guided him past outfielder Randy Arozarena as the team's top slugger.
Paredes was called up from the Triple-A level on May 16 and has been exceeding expectations ever since. Overall, the 23-year-old is slashing .306/.484/.790 across 81 games to go along with 43 runs scored, 13 doubles and 40 RBI. Its' safe to say Paredes enjoys being a part of the Rays organization.
“I’m very happy for the opportunity that they’ve given me here. I’m finding out a lot about myself as well because of all these opportunities. And I’m starting to find out a little bit more of what I’m capable of doing.”- Isaac Paredes on being in Tampa Bay
For now, the Rays are holding onto an American League Wild Card spot and have odds set at +4000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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