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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Juan Paris, Key To - 17

Originally published Jan. 6, 2014
The New Britain Red Sox won this June 1991 game by a score of 3 to 1 and key to that victory was Juan Paris, according to the Schenectady Gazette.

The game tied up in the sixth, Paris launched a solo home run. He later helped set up an insurance score with a hit-and-run, the Gazette wrote.

Paris helped seal that win in his seventh season as a pro. He would get one more season, but he would never see the majors.

Paris' career began in 1985, signed by the Padres as an undrafted free agent out of his native Puerto Rico.

With the Padres, Paris started at short-season Spokane. The outfielder hit .216 over 36 games, with one home run. He moved to single-A Charleston for 1986, hitting .211. In a July game, he knocked in a run on a single.

Paris stayed in single-A for the Red Sox through 1989, playing at Greensboro, Winter Haven and Lynchburg. For 1990, he made AA New Britain.

At New Britain, Paris hit just .212 with one home run. In an August game, he knocked in a run on a pinch-hit double.

Paris returned to New Britain for 1991, hitting .243 with three home runs. For 1992, Paris stepped up to AAA Pawtucket. But his stay there was short, just 44 games. He hit just .182, ending his career.

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