The Braves optioned Pache to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.
One of the top outfield prospects in baseball, Pache still needs some more time to develop as a hitter in the upper minors before making his big-league debut, likely at some point later this season. Already an elite defender who brings quality speed to the table, Pache slashed .277/.340/.462 with 12 home runs in 130 games between Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi a season ago.
Pache went 3-for-3 with a trio of singles, two stolen bases and a run scored Monday in the Braves' 6-4 exhibition win over the Phillies.
Pache's plus speed is his most appealing tool from a fantasy perspective, and he hasn't been shy about showcasing his wheels early in spring training, going 3-for-3 on steal attempts through seven games. The 21-year-old's ability to consistently hit major-league pitching is more questionable at this point, so he'll likely gain further seasoning at Triple-A Gwinnett to begin the upcoming season until the Braves feel he's ready for a stiffer test. Even if he struggles at the plate once he reaches the majors, Pache should at least make for a quality fourth outfielder thanks to his standout defense and baserunning.
Pache was added to the 40-man roster Tuesday.
Pache is a very talented prospect. He's a whiz on the defensive side of the ball, where he's considered an excellent center fielder. He posted a mediocre 92 wRC+ in 26 games for Triple-A Gwinnett in 2019 but had a much stronger 134 wRC+ (easily his best mark at any level) in 104 games for Double-A Mississippi. Pache just turned 21 years old Tuesday, so he has plenty of time to improve at the plate, though his defensive chops could earn him a big-league role before his bat is fully ready.
The Braves promoted Pache from Double-A Mississippi to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Atlanta will move both of its top two position prospects up to the minors' highest level, as Pache will be joined in Gwinnett by fellow outfielder Drew Waters. From a defensive standpoint, the 20-year-old Pache already looks MLB ready, but the Braves may want to see him refine his plate approach before summoning him to the majors. After posting a 79 wRC+ at Mississippi following a late-summer promotion in 2018, Pache made considerable strides while returning to the Southern League this season, slashing .278/.340/.474 (136 wRC+). He failed to translate his high-end speed to much success on the bases, however, going 8-for-19 on steal attempts.
Pache is slashing .209/.280/.297 through 25 games in July with zero homers, one steal and a 31.0 percent strikeout rate (7:31 BB:K).
The 20-year-old still has a solid .276/.337/.472 on the year, and his defensive profile is still elite in center field, but the flaws in Pache's offensive skill set have come to the fore -- in addition to his issues making contact, he's just 8-for-19 on stolen-base attempts. Given his age and outstanding athleticism, he still has a tremendous ceiling if he can make the necessary adjustments, but his July struggles should give pause to fantasy GMs expecting him to make a splashy big-league debut in 2020.
Pache went 3-for-4 with two walks, two doubles and five RBI for Double-A Mississippi on Thursday.
The 20-year-old has now hit safely in 10 straight games for Mississippi, hitting .361 (13-for-36) over that stretch with three homers and 11 RBI. Pache's excellent defense and developing power stroke has him soaring up prospect lists and his .299/.359/.518 slash line through 66 games as one of the youngest players in the Southern League is impressive, but there are still some rough edges to his game -- he's gone just 7-for-16 on stolen-base attempts this year.
Pache went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI for Double-A Mississippi on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old has slowed down a touch in May -- Wednesday's long ball was his first since May 7 -- but Pache is still slashing a solid .286/.346/.429 through 25 games on the month. Atlanta's No. 3 fantasy prospect has formed a potent duo with Drew Waters in the Southern League this season, and while questions remain about how Pache's bat will play at higher levels, his elite defensive profile in center field all but assures him of a starting job once he reaches the majors.
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.
Pache went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.
After going yard in his final at-bat Friday, Pache promptly blasted another homer off Daniel Stumpf in his first plate appearance Saturday. The 20-year-old now has a .421/.476/.895 slash line this spring, with five of his eight hits going for extra bases (two homers, three doubles), and he received a glowing endorsement from none other than Andruw Jones, who knows a thing or two about turning athletic potential into big-league production. "When people ask me why he's not driving the ball or hitting home runs, I say, 'When this kid is coming [in] at 16 years old from the Dominican Republic, and you get a coach who tells him to use his speed and hit the ball on the ground, and you do that for three years straight, it's a tough adjustment to make,'" Jones said Saturday. "Last year, he put some good swings on the ball and hit some home runs. So hopefully we just keep building him." Pache will probably begin the season back at Double-A Mississippi, but a quick start would likely earn him a promotion to Triple-A Gwinnett over the summer, and a major-league debut in 2019 isn't completely out of the question given his already outstanding defense in center field.
Pache went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.
Replacing Ender Inciarte in center field midway through the game, Pache took Philly depth bullpen arm Jeremy Bleich deep for his first home run of the spring. The 20-year-old outfielder is still growing into his power -- after failing to go yard in his first two minor-league campaigns, he swatted nine home runs between High-A Florida and Double-A Mississippi in 2018 -- but his Gold Glove-caliber defense remains his calling card as a prospect. If Pache can continue to refine his elite athleticism and turn it into offensive production, however, he could have surprising fantasy value once he reaches the majors.
The Braves promoted Pache from High-A Florida to Double-A Mississippi on Wednesday, Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com reports.
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.
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.
The 19-year-old is locked in at the plate right now, putting together an eight-game hitting streak that's seen him hit .342 with two home runs, four steals, seven runs and eight RBI. With his power stroke beginning to develop -- his .130 ISO this season is more than double his 2017 mark -- Pache may be on track to develop into an Ender Inciarte-like asset for the Braves, combining Gold Glove-caliber defense in center field with a a solid all-around offensive profile.
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.
The home run was his first as a professional in 197 games. Pache has had some struggles in High-A to begin the season -- his 1:19 BB:K through 21 games is rough, and he's 0-for-3 in steal attempts -- but the 19-year-old is still slashing a respectable .291/.299/.419 against older competition, and with Ronald Acuna's promotion to the Show, Pache is arguably the most talented outfield prospect in the Braves' minor-league system.
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.
The 19-year-old already has a major-league caliber glove -- some scouts rate him as the best defensive center fielder in the organization, ahead of Ender Inciarte and Ronald Acuna -- but after hitting .281/.335/.343 with zero home runs and 32 steals in 119 games for Low-A Rome last season, Pache is hoping to begin developing his power stroke in 2018. Tuesday's performance is obviously encouraging, and even double-digit homers could spell the difference between a big-league career in the starting lineup versus one spent primarily as a bench player. He isn't in Acuna's class as a prospect, but Pache could still become an impact fantasy asset in a few years.
Pache will attend spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Pache failed to hit a home run in 2017 at Low-A Rome, but he was still fairly efficient, batting .281 with 42 RBI and 32 stolen bases. The 19-year-old outfielder has displayed exceptional speed over the course of his minor-league career, although the Braves are hoping he'll show some signs of power as he continues to develop. Pache could start the season at High-A Florida depending on how he performs during spring training.
Pache, 18, is hitting .281/.339/.348 with 22 stolen bases in 88 games for Low-A Rome.
Pache is still looking for his first home run as a professional, though the Braves are hopeful that at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, he won't be completely devoid of power as he matures and progresses. The teenager has also shown above-average plate discipline.
Pache is hitting .300/.354/.360 with 17 steals (on 23 attempts) in 273 plate appearances for Low-A Rome.
He has yet to hit a home run as a professional, but he is an 18-year-old at Low-A with a strikeout rate below 20 percent and OBP above .350. Throw in the fact that he has 70-grade speed and is successfully putting it to use in games, and Pache has the look of a future leadoff hitter. It might take a swing adjustment to tap into some power, but Pache is a borderline top-100 dynasty league prospect even without that pop.
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