Jimmy Paredes, who earlier this year made the transition to the outfield at Triple-A Oklahoma City after spending most of his career on the infield, was called up from the Minor Leagues on Tuesday and will get plenty of playing time over the final five weeks of the season.
"We want [Paredes] to play a lot," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "He fits in well at the top of the lineup, No. 2-type guy. Our plan right now is to play him in right field, get him accustomed to Minute Maid Park. We think he's ultimately capable of playing center field, but he's done a good job all year at Oklahoma City and has been playing a new position the past few weeks. The time feels right for him to come up here."
Houston summoned Paredes after trading utility man Steve Pearce to the Yankees for cash considerations. The Astros could be plucking a few more players from the farm later this week, when they can expand rosters to 40 players.
Paredes, acquired from the Yankees in the Lance Berkman trade in 2010, has bounced around the infield during his time in Houston, before the club decided to move him to the outfield a month ago. He was playing second base, which is where All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve is entrenched at the Major League level.
This will be Paredes' first appearances in a Major League uniform this year after spending the final two months of last season starting at third base for the Astros in his Major League debut. He was moved to second base in the spring.
While the Astros are still trying to find out where Paredes best fits defensively, they are eager to see what Paredes can do on offense.
He was batting .318 with 13 home runs, 59 RBIs and 37 stolen bases in 124 games for the RedHawks this year, ranking first in the Pacific Coast League in steals, second in hits (161) and total bases (242) and third in runs scored (92). Last year, he batted .286 (48-for-168) with eight doubles, two homers and 18 RBIs in 46 games for the Astros.
Pearce, 29, has hit .254 (16-for-63) with eight RBIs in 21 games since he was claimed by the Astros off waivers on July 28. In 49 Major League games with Houston and Baltimore this year, he has combined to hit .254 with three home runs and 22 RBIs.
When Pearce was with the Yankees' organization from March 29-June 2, he hit .318 with 11 home runs and 30 RBIs with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, leading the International League in average and hits at the time he was traded to the Orioles on June 2. Pearce was designated for assignment by the O's on July 21.
Houston's 40-man roster now stands at 39.