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October 13, 2020 01:28 PM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Earns Game 2 start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pache will bat ninth as the center fielder in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday, Mark Bowman of reports.

Pache entered Game 1 in place of Adam Duvall (oblique) and will remain in the lineup for Game 2 after the veteran was removed from the roster. Nick Markakis moves from right field to left in Duvall's absence, with Ronald Acuna sliding from center to right.

September 30, 2020 10:32 AM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Makes wild-card roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pache made the roster for the NL Wild Card Series against the Reds.

Despite only have four MLB at-bats to his name, Pache is Atlanta's best defensive outfielder, which was a key reason he made the roster. The rookie may not make a single start in these playoffs, but he could come in late in games as a defensive replacement or pinch runner.

August 25, 2020 04:28 PM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Back to alternate site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pache was optioned to Atlanta's alternate training site Tuesday.

With Ronald Acuna and Nick Markakis returning from the IL, it made sense for Pache to return to Gwinnett, as he was already playing sparingly while the team's outfield was banged up. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in two games.

August 24, 2020 06:56 PM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Playing behind Inciarte
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pache is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies.

Pache has now started in just two of the Braves' three games since getting his first big-league callup after Nick Markakis was placed on the COVID-19 injured list. Rather than giving Pache an extended look in the outfield, Atlanta has elected to allow the struggling Ender Inciarte (.521 OPS) to continue to play ahead of the 21-year-old in center field. Pache's lack of usage suggests he could be in store for a demotion back to the Braves' alternate site if Atlanta activates Ronald Acuna (wrist) from the injured list ahead of its two-game set with the Yankees that begins Tuesday.

August 21, 2020 04:00 PM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Making debut Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pache is starting in left field and batting ninth Friday against the Phillies.

The 21-year-old was primed to make his big-league debut during Wednesday's contest, but he had to wait a couple extra days since the game was postponed. Pache received a promotion to Triple-A Gwinnett last year and had a .274/.337/.411 slash line in 26 games, and it's his defense that gives him the best chance of standing out in his first taste of the majors.

August 19, 2020 03:56 PM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Debuting in left field
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pache will make his major-league debut Wednesday against the Nationals, batting ninth and playing left field.

Defense in center field is Pache's carrying tool, though Ender Inciarte is no slouch defensively himself and will start at the position Wednesday, pushing Pache to left, a position at which he started 22 games in the minors last season. That defense comes with plenty of speed, but that didn't translate to a single stolen base in 26 games for Triple-A Gwinnett last year. That speed could keep his batting average respectable despite a below-average hit tool, and he has the potential for above-average raw power, though his overall .274/.337/.411 slash line in his brief time at the highest level of the minors last season wasn't particularly impressive.

August 18, 2020 06:32 PM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Called up by Atlanta
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pache was called up by Atlanta on Tuesday, Kiley McDaniel of ESPN reports.

Pache was believed to be on the short list of prospects who could be called up with Ronald Acuna (wrist) on the 10-day injured list. His major-league debut appears to be imminent with Ender Inciarte struggling at the plate in Acuna's absence. Pache will be available Tuesday after Nick Markakis was placed on the COVID-19 injured list as a precautionary measure. While Pache's potential role in center field could be temporary, his spot on the major-league roster is likely permanent.

August 15, 2020 08:20 PM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Could make debut soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pache is on the short list of Atlanta prospects who could get promoted to the big-league roster in the near future, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Ronald Acuna is currently dealing with a sore wrist -- although the team is hoping he can avoid a stint on the injured list -- and Ender Inciarte is struggling with a .517 OPS, so there could be an opportunity for Pache in center field given his MLB-ready glove. The 21-year-old's bat is a bigger question mark, but if Inciarte isn't hitting anyway, Atlanta may want to bump him aside for Pache now to see whether the kid will be ready for a larger role in 2021. Acuna winding up on the IL would also create a vacancy in the outfield Pache could fill, but the team doesn't view him as only a short-term replacement. If and when Pache gets promoted, it's likely to be for good.

August 13, 2020 01:04 AM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Past ankle injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pache (ankle) is healthy and is currently a full participant at the Braves' alternate training site, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

The 21-year-old sustained a Grade 2 right ankle sprain at summer camp in mid-July, but he's since recovered from the injury. Pache is one of the organization's top prospects and posted a .748 OPS in 26 games at Triple-A Gwinnett last season, but he may not make his major-league debut in 2020.

July 16, 2020 12:36 PM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Sidelined with sprained ankle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pache was diagnosed with a Grade 2 right ankle sprain Wednesday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

Pache picked up the injury attempting to steal second base during Monday's intrasquad game. The 21-year-old is back at the team's camp in Gwinnett for the time being. While manager Brian Snitker downplayed the severity of the injury, the skipper added that Pache is "gonna need a few days."

July 15, 2020 04:00 PM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Scratched from lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pache (ankle) was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's intrasquad game, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

Pache was initially slated to return to intrasquad action Tuesday, but manager Brian Snitker said that the 21-year-old's ankle is still sore. As a result, the team will opt to hold him out Tuesday rather than rush him back. He'll be evaluated on a day-to-day basis as he continues to recover.

July 15, 2020 03:56 PM
Braves' Cristian Pache: In lineup for intrasquad game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pache (foot) is in the lineup for the Braves' intrasquad matchup Tuesday, Mark Bowman of reports.

Pache jammed his right foot while attempting to steal second base Monday, but evidently he avoided a serious injury and will play in Tuesday's contest. The center fielder is competing for a role in the Braves' outfield ahead of the regular season, though a spot to begin the season seems likely, especially after the team added Yasiel Puig.

July 14, 2020 07:56 AM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Avoids serious foot injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Brian Snitker said that Pache is OK and probably won't be limited at all Tuesday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

Pache jammed his right foot while attempting to steal second base during Monday's intrasquad game. The positive news will allow the 21-year-old to continue pushing for playing time in a thin Braves outfield after Nick Markakis opted out of playing this season July 6.

July 13, 2020 09:16 PM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Jams right foot Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pache jammed his right foot or ankle attempting to steal second base during Monday's intrasquad game, Mark Bowman of reports.

Although it looked like he might have needed to be carted off, Pache walked to the clubhouse without any assistance. The setback comes at a tough time after Nick Markakis opted out of playing this season and the young outfielder has been competing during camp for playing time. The exact nature and severity of Pache's injury are not yet clear.

July 7, 2020 09:20 AM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Path to debut clearer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pache's chances of making his big-league debut in 2020 improved when Nick Markakis opted out of playing this season, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

Atlanta still has decent outfield depth with Ronald Acuna and Ender Inciarte locked into regular roles and Marcell Ozuna, Adam Duvall, Austin Riley and Charlie Culberson available to split time in left field and at DH, but Pache's defensive wizardry in center field could allow him to push his way into the mix, particularly if Inciarte struggles again or has trouble staying healthy. The 21-year-old Pache also slashed a combined .277/.340/.462 in 130 games between Double-A and Triple-A last season, but his bat is still considered a work in progress.

March 11, 2020 02:28 PM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Starting season at Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 3, 2020 01:52 PM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Shows off speed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 20, 2019 11:16 PM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Added to 40-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 5, 2019 03:12 PM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Gets call to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 31, 2019 11:44 AM
Braves' Cristian Pache: Scuffling at Double-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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2016R-GCL Braves2710616302401161173.283.325.377
2017AFX-Rome Braves11946960132138042391043214.281.335.343
2018AFA-Florida Fire Frogs9336946105205840156976.285.311.431
2018AAX-Mississippi Braves291041027311752802.260.294.337
2019AAA-Gwinnett Stripers26951326811891800.274.337.410
2019AAX-Mississippi Braves10439250109288115334104811.278.340.474

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