It was late June in 1988 and infielder Jesus Paredes' West Palm Beach Expos were taking on the St. Lucie Mets.
Jesus Paredes started off helping his Expos to a lead. He would ultimately help lead to a loss, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Paredes led off the third with a single, then stole second. It was another single by teammate Quinn Mack that gave the Expos a 1-0 lead, The Sun-Sentinel wrote.
Two innings later, it was Paredes' glove that failed him. Playing second base, Paredes booted a ball, allowing St. Lucie hitter Fritz Polka on. Polka ultimately scored, leading to a 2-1 Expos loss.
That third inning hit was one of four Paredes had with West Palm Beach in seven games that summer. He also had three other stolen bases.
But that error was also one of two Paredes had in those seven West Palm Beach games. Including two other stops on the year, Paredes was credited with 14 on the year.
The next year, at single-A Rockford, Paredes booted another 14 chances. It was his final year, his professional career ending short of AA and well short of the majors.
That year in 1988 was Paredes' third in the minors. Signed for 1986 out of his native Dominican Republic, Paredes spent his first year in rookie ball, in the Gulf Coast League. Paredes hit .298 there. He also had a triple and 51 total hits in 171 at-bats for the rookie league team. He also had 19 stolen bases.
For 1987, Paredes returned to the Gulf Coast League, playing 50 games and hitting .250 with another 21 swipes. A short 8-game stint at short-season Jamestown produced two more stolen bases, but also a .150 average.
It was Jamestown, Rockford and that stint at West Palm Beach in 1988. Paredes hit .290 in 24 games at Jamestown. Between the three, he hit just .235, but did steal 25 bases.
At Rockford in 1989, his final year, Paredes' average dropped to .214 with 20 stolen bases. He did not return for 1990.
- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, June 29, 1988: Error Helps Mets Down Expos 2-1
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