Cristian Pache

23-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Pache has been an exciting, yet flawed prospect for five years now, and he finally reached the majors in 2020, getting four regular-season plate appearances and another 25 across 12 playoff games. The righty-hitting outfielder hit his first MLB home run in the NLCS off lefty Julio Urias. His hit tool has always been his worst tool, while his center field defense is a game-changing weapon that should keep him in the lineup for a few years no matter how much he struggles at the plate (within reason). His 70-grade speed will aid him in the outfield and on the sprint speed leaderboard, but he was 8-for-21 on SB attempts at Double-A (60.4% success rate for his career) and did not even attempt a steal in 26 games at Triple-A. Pache has enough pop to ambush mistakes, but his AVG and OBP will likely relegate him to the bottom third of the lineup. He should open the year as Atlanta's everyday center fielder. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#563
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$Signed a $1.4 million contract with the Braves in July of 2015.
Removed from NLCS roster
OFAtlanta Braves
October 21, 2021
Pache was removed from the NLCS roster Thursday.
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Pache made just one appearance off the bench during the NLCS. He'll now be removed from the roster after Jorge Soler (illness) was activated by Atlanta on Thursday.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#5
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14
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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#3
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+119%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+76%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs LHP
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .625 17 2 1 4 0 .188 .188 .438
Since 2019vs Right .285 55 4 0 0 0 .098 .148 .137
2021vs Left .533 16 2 1 4 0 .133 .133 .400
2021vs Right .303 52 4 0 0 0 .104 .157 .146
2020vs Left 2.000 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
2020vs Right .000 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+67%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+86%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .278 37 3 0 0 0 .111 .111 .167
Since 2019Away .464 35 3 1 4 0 .129 .206 .258
2021Home .250 33 3 0 0 0 .094 .094 .156
2021Away .464 35 3 1 4 0 .129 .206 .258
2020Home .500 4 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Cristian Pache compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.08
 
BB Rate
2.9%
 
K Rate
36.8%
 
BABIP
.162
 
ISO
.095
 
AVG
.111
 
OBP
.152
 
SLG
.206
 
OPS
.358
 
wOBA
.162
 
Exit Velocity
76.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
15.0%
 
Barrels/PA
5.9%
 
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This has always been the case with Pache, but as he nears his big-league debut, it is worth repeating: his hit tool is easily his worst tool. If he can't fix his extremely pull-heavy approach, he will be easily neutralized by shifts in the majors. This doesn't mean he is not an awesome real-life prospect. He could win multiple Gold Gloves in center field and could hit 25-plus home runs in his peak power seasons. There would not be a big gap between his real-life and fantasy value if his plus speed translated as well on the bases as it does in center field, but he was 8-for-21 on stolen-base attempts at Double-A (60.4% success rate for his career) and did not even attempt a steal in 26 games at Triple-A. So, for all the 60s and 70s on his scouting report, if he only hits .250 with 25 home runs and a handful of steals while batting at the bottom of the order, he will be a late-round pick in mixed leagues.
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.
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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Added to NLDS roster
OFAtlanta Braves
October 12, 2021
Pache was added to Atlanta's NLDS roster Tuesday with Jorge Soler landing on the COVID-19 injured list.
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Rejoins lineup
OFAtlanta Braves
June 16, 2021
Pache (hamstring) started in center field and went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored Tuesday in Triple-A Gwinnett's 2-1 win over Nashville.
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Aggravates hamstring injury
OFAtlanta Braves
Hamstring
June 13, 2021
Pache remained out of the lineup at Triple-A Gwinnett for a second straight game Sunday due to a tight hamstring, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Activated and optioned
OFAtlanta Braves
June 2, 2021
Atlanta activated Pache (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list Wednesday and optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett.
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Rehab stint paused
OFAtlanta Braves
Hamstring
May 30, 2021
Pache (hamstring) will rest a couple days during his rehab assignment at Triple-A Gwinnett due to some groin tightness, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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