Kyren Paris, a 21-year-old middle infielder who was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2nd round of the 2019 draft from Freedom High School, is making waves in the baseball world. Recent reports indicate that he is being promoted straight from Double-A to join the Angels roster. This move comes as the Angels find themselves with several vacant spots on their team due to a series of player releases that had a significant impact.
The Angels faced a surprising shift as a wave of player releases, including notable names like Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Matt Moore, hit the team and sent them to the Cleveland Guardians. While some players moved on, others like Hunter Renfroe remain affiliated with their teams, such as Renfroe joining the Cincinnati Reds for a playoff push and Dominic Leone returning to the Seattle Mariners, the team that initially drafted him, in their pursuit to maintain their division lead.
The departure of these players has created opportunities for emerging talents to step up and gain valuable Major League Baseball (MLB) experience in a season that might be perceived as less significant. The Angels have already demonstrated a tendency to swiftly call up young players like Zach Neto, Ben Joyce, and the recent addition Nolan Schanuel. The promotion of Kyren Paris, therefore, follows this trend and is not surprising given the team’s approach.
In his 113 games played for the Rocket City Trash Pandas, Kyren Paris has showcased his skills with a batting average of .255 and an impressive OPS (on-base plus slugging) of .810. One notable aspect of his performance is his on-base percentage of .393, which is notably high despite his slightly lower batting average. This can be attributed to Paris’ exceptional patience at the plate, evident from his 88 walks, although it’s important to note that he has also tallied 151 strikeouts throughout the year.
Paris’ ability to display patience and control at the plate likely played a role in his call-up at the end of the season. The Angels are eager to witness Kyren Paris in action on their home turf in Anaheim before the baseball year concludes. With his promising track record, Paris is poised to make an impact and further contribute to the Angels’ dynamic roster.