Paredes admits that he feels a lot better at the plate than he did early on in the season and his statistics can attest to that.
In 326 at-bats, he is batting .288 with 94 hits, 19 doubles, three triples, four home runs, and 33 RBI's, with a slugging percentage of .402. While his batting average and slugging percentage have climbed, Paredes has also continued to lead the team in stolen bases (31). He currently is fourth in the league in that category. In the past ten games he has batted .342.
"He's getting better pitches and his biggest thing is pitch selection," said hitting coach Justin Turner. "He's got great hands and he can hit a lot of pitches that many other players can't. He's swinging at a lot more stuff, but understanding what pitches he can drive."
Paredes' power numbers still aren't high but Turner is still not concerned at all.
"Yeah, you know he's still not a guy you're wanting to see lift the ball and try to hit home runs. I think he has four or five homeruns, but they're on a line. They get out of the ballpark quick. I'm just looking for him to square up and hit line drives, so he's right where he needs to be."
Manager Greg Colbrunn has certainly taken note of the recent improvements in Paredes' efforts at the plate.
"He's getting more rhythm and is getting more comfortable from both sides of the plate," Colbrunn observed. "He has been able to repeat this on a daily basis and he has been swinging the bat pretty well over the last month or so. Hopefully, this is a sign of good things to come."
In order to advance to the next level, Colbrunn believes that the 21-year old infielder needs to continue to work on his strike zone discipline.
Paredes, who has played at second base for the last fourteen games, is pleased with the results of his hard work but wants to continue to improve his defensive game.
The young player, who suffered a labrum injury in 2009, continues to remain focused on the goals he set for himself early in the season, "to keep getting better every day and to stay healthy."