In the baseball world, it’s a player’s dream to find out they’ve been called up to the big leagues.
For Kyren Paris, his dreams came true a few days ago. The Los Angeles Angels decided to call him up from Double-A Rocket City on September 1.to
The Angels No. 5 prospect made his MLB debut that same day, going hitless in two at-bats against the Oakland Athletics.
It wouldn’t take him long to record his first MLB hit. On September 2, Paris launched a single to right field in the fifth inning. It was a moment that Paris will always remember. And what’s even better is that his family was there in attendance.
Kyren Paris takes a single the other way for his first MLB hit, and his family is THRILLED!
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 2, 2023
“It was a special moment; one that I’ve dreamed of,” Paris said in an mlb.com article. “And for it to come true — it’s special.”
He also stole a base in that game. So Paris got his first hit and stolen base in one game.
Angels manager Phil Nevin is really looking forward to seeing how the young players perform as the season is nearing an end.
“That’s what this is all about,” Nevin said. “We have some players up here getting some opportunities and being able to evaluate at this level for this length of a time, is not only great for us, but it’s valuable for them to get these at-bats and see these pitches and get these innings to see where they stand. Where we’re going with our future and the young core of players we have, we really like.”
Paris can now show the MLB world that he means business, and he has what it takes to play with other big leaguers.
“Just showing that I’m capable of playing here and making an impact, that’s my goal,” Paris said. “And helping the team win.”
The 21-year-old can have a promising future with the Angels at the shortstop position. There’s no question that Los Angeles sees something in Paris that they like. And he’s a player who can provide value to a big league team.
Paris was drafted back in 2019, and four years later he found himself playing in the majors. For some players, it takes much longer than four years to reach the league. But not for Paris.
His professional career started in 2019 with the Angels rookie team. He only played three games and hit .300. The California native would then play five games with the rookie team in 2021 and he hit .357 with a home run.
He was then called up to the single-A affiliate, Inland Empire and hit .274 with 18 RBI. After his time with Inland Empire, he played for high-A affiliate, Tri-City.
During the 2022 season, he was promoted to the double-A affiliate, Rocket City, who he would continue to play for this season before being called up to the big leagues.
In 268 minor league games, Paris has a .252 average with 30 home runs, 114 RBI and 99 stolen bases.
While the Angels playoff hopes may be out of reach this season, this is the perfect time to focus on the young prospects.
You better believe that Paris will leave it all out there on the field and he will look to give the Angels a good reason to keep him around going into the new season and in the future.