Cristian Pache
20-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Atlanta Braves AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There may not be a more overrated position player for dynasty leagues than Pache. He does very well on real-life prospect rankings because he has a chance to be an 80-grade defender in center field, but there is a big gap between his projected defensive value and what he will likely contribute at the dish. Pache has been able to post decent batting averages, largely because his speed allows him to leg out groundballs against minor-league defenders. He is still learning to utilize his 70-grade wheels on the bases -- Pache was only 10-for-18 on stolen-base attempts last year, including the Arizona Fall League. The Braves are trying to coax more power out of him, which has resulted in elevated strikeout totals. He is being fast-tracked to the big leagues because of his glove, while his bat probably needs two more seasons in the minors. His defense will earn him an everyday job, which could lead to 20-plus steals, which is the main selling point for fantasy. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Braves in July of 2015 that includes a $1.4 million signing bonus.
Impressive start for Mississippi
OFAtlanta Braves  AA
April 29, 2019
Pache is slashing .313/.356/.550 through 21 games for Double-A Mississippi with two homers, 15 RBI and four steals.
The 20-year-old's prospect status to date has been buoyed by his plus-plus defense in center field, but Pache is starting to look like he can add value on the offensive end as well, adding seven doubles and three triples to his ledger. There are still plenty of things he needs to work on, highlighted by a 6:24 BB:K and a mediocre 4-for-7 success rate on steal attempts, but given his age and the level of competition he's facing, those numbers aren't that surprising. If he keeps hitting the ball with authority and demonstrates he can be more than just a slick defender, Atlanta's No. 7 fantasy prospect could put himself on the fast track to the majors.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Pache has 200 hits in 176 games as a pro and zero of those have left the yard. Five or six years ago, he wouldn't have been very appealing in fantasy leagues, but as a 70-grade runner with solid bat-to-ball skills, he is intriguing in today's speed deprived landscape. His center field defense is elite, which means he doesn't have to do much damage with the bat to profile as a regular. If he gets everyday at-bats, Pache could offer 30-plus steals annually throughout his 20s. He was the youngest hitter in the Sally League and was still almost a league average hitter (98 wRC+) without hitting a home run. Some evaluators expect him to eventually offer double-digit homer pop as he continues to grow into his athletic 6-foot-2 frame. He has a pull-heavy approach (50.4 percent), which is a bit concerning, so it's not a lock that he will hit better than .260 or .270. Fortunately Pache's walk rate continues to trend up, and if that continues, his stolen-base upside will increase, as will his chances of hitting atop a big-league lineup.
The Braves' recent uptick in international activity is starting to bear fruit, with Pache being just the latest in a line of high-pedigree hitters to impress as a 17-year-old in his stateside debut. He fits the mold of a lanky, toolsy center field prospect. Pache hit .309/.349/.391 with four doubles, seven triples and zero homers across stops in the Gulf Coast and Appalachian leagues, but at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, and with plus bat speed, it won't be long before he starts hitting balls over the fence in games. His plus-plus speed and knack for making good contact define his present offensive skill set, and for someone who could spend the bulk of his age-18 season at Low-A Rome, that should be enough to get the attention of prospect hounds. In leagues where owners need to be overhasty to land prospects like Victor Robles or Ronald Acuna, it's worth taking a flier on Pache this offseason in case he hits the ground running in the Sally League.
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Stock soaring this spring
OFAtlanta Braves  AA
March 10, 2019
Pache went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.
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Launches first spring homer
OFAtlanta Braves  AA
March 9, 2019
Pache went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.
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Called up to Double-A
OFAtlanta Braves  AA
August 2, 2018
The Braves promoted Pache from High-A Florida to Double-A Mississippi on Wednesday, Sam Dykstra of reports.
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Huge night at High-A
OFAtlanta Braves  AA
June 2, 2018
Pache went 4-or-6 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and five RBI for High-A Florida in a win over Clearwater on Friday.
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Hits first professional homer Thursday
OFAtlanta Braves  AA
April 27, 2018
Pache went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and three RBI for High-A Florida in Thursday's win over Lakeland.
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