SAN DIEGO -- Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday he's had conversations with manager Brad Mills and director of player development Fred Nelson about possibly moving Minor League infielder Jimmy Paredes to the outfield.
Paredes, acquired from the Yankees two years ago in the Lance Berkman deal, is one of the top offensive players at Triple-A Oklahoma City, entering Monday hitting .315 with seven homers, 38 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.
Paredes played third base last year after Chris Johnson was sent to the Minor Leagues but was switched to second base -- his former position -- in the spring. The emergence of All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve has the Astros thinking of ways to better utilize the athletic Paredes, who Mills believes could play a corner-outfield spot.
"It's something we're continuing to explore, and I think there's that conversation and a conversation whether he can handle shortstop," Luhnow said. "I had a long conversation with Fred and the guys down there after [Jed Lowrie's] injury to try to figure out if that's something we want to do.
"I think Jimmy is athletic enough to play any position. Given we made the move back to second at the beginning of the year, we didn't know how Jose was going to develop and now we're looking at a 22-year-old All-Star second baseman who's going to be with us for a while."
Watch for Paredes to get some time in the outfield the second half of the season.