Eric Eiji Taniguchi Pardinho
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 165 lb.
Eric Pardinho was only 15 years old when he debuted for the Brazilian national team.
Pardinho was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in the 2015 U14 Pan American Championship, leading in ERA and wins and being named the All-Star right-handed pitcher; he was timed at 92 mph. He participated in the MLB Elite Camp in Brazil in 2016. In the 2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, he was Brazil's youngest player, four years younger than the next-youngest hurler, Leonardo Oliveira. He debuted in their opener against Pakistan, relieving Jean Tome in the 6th with a 6-0 lead, one out and none on. He allowed a double to Faqir Hussain, retired Muhammad Sumair Zawar on a liner, walked Arsalan Jamashaid and got Jawad Ali on a grounder. Edilson Batista took over in the 7th.`
The Toronto Blue Jays gave him a signing bonus of $1.4 million to sign him as an international free agent on July 2, 2017, when he was just 16. He made his professional debut in 2018 with the Bluefield Blue Jays of the Appalachian League. In 11 starts, he went 4-3, 2.88 with 64 strikeouts in 50 innings to clearly place himself among the top prospects in the organization.
- Jesse Sanchez: "17-year-old Brazilian on path to being Jays' ace: Right-hander Pardinho, 17, excelling in first year of pro ball", mlb.com, August 28, 2018.