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Preston James Paramore
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 205 lb.
Petey Paramore is a minor league catcher.
Paramore hit .371 as a high school junior and .452 as a senior. He was named a High School All-American by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America ranked him as the #3 prospect in Texas. Due to a strong college commitment, he fell to the 22nd round of the 2005 amateur draft, when the New York Mets selected him.
As a freshman in 2006, Petey was the starting catcher for Arizona State, hitting .318/.437/.428 while fielding .995 at catcher. He was named All-Pacific-10 Conference and Collegiate Baseball named him a Freshman All-American. Baseball America named him second-team Freshman All-American behind Tim Federowicz.
In his sophomore campaign, Paramore batted .379/.500/.549 and led the Pac-10 with 53 walks. He led the Conference in OBP as well, was 4th in average and 3rd with 64 runs in 64 games. He made first-team All-Pac-10, joining Mitch Canham in being honored at catcher.
In the summer of 2007, Petey played for Team USA, hitting only .111 (9 for 63), the only player on the squad under .200. He did draw 20 walks, giving him a respectable OBP. In the 2007 Pan American Games, the major event of the summer, he was 2 for 14 with 2 walks, a double and 2 runs as the starter for Team USA, which won a Silver Medal. He went 0 for 9 with two walks and five strikeouts in the 2007 World Port Tournament.
As a junior and team captain in 2008, Paramore produced at a .355/.496/.500 rate with 64 runs in 60 games and threw out 15 baserunners in 39 steal attempts. He was named All-Pac-10 for the third straight year. He coaxed 60 walks, 5th-most in NCAA Division I. The Oakland Athletics took him in the 3rd round of the 2008 amateur draft.
Paramore split his first pro season, 2008, between the AZL Athletics (8 for 22, 10 BB, 7 R in 9 G) and the Kane County Cougars (.225/.368/.333 in 31 G). Returning to Kane County in 2009, he hit .230/.344/.294 and threw out 36% of attempted base-stealers.