Cristian Pache
19-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Atlanta Braves AA
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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.
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 MiLB.com reports.
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Pache went 2-for-2 in his debut for Mississippi later in the day and is slashing .333/.368/.522 since the beginning of July. The 19-year-old was mostly lauded for his elite center-field defense and plus baserunning heading into 2018, but Pache has shown this season that he may have some untapped upside at the plate, too. After failing to hit a home run over his first two seasons as a professional, Pache left the yard eight times in 93 games at Florida and tallied 33 extra-base hits.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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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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Homers twice in exhibition game Tuesday
OFAtlanta Braves  AA
March 28, 2018
Pache homered twice off Sean Newcomb in Tuesday's exhibition game between the Braves and a lineup of the team's top prospects, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Receives non-roster invite
OFAtlanta Braves  AA
February 11, 2018
Pache will attend spring training as a non-roster invitee.
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Exceptional thievery at Low-A
OFAtlanta Braves  AA
July 26, 2017
Pache, 18, is hitting .281/.339/.348 with 22 stolen bases in 88 games for Low-A Rome.
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