[34] Over 130 games between both clubs, Pache batted .277/.340/.462 with 12 home runs and 61 RBIs. 1 prospect. Pache is starting in left field and batting ninth Friday against the Phillies. ", "I think every baseball player kind of dreams of reaching the playoffs and then, ultimately, winning a World Series," he added. [40] The 2020 Minor League Baseball season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Pache spent time at the Braves' alternate training site when the season resumed. 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. [31] At midseason, Pache was named to the All-Star Futures Game. [43] In 2020 was one-for-four. CF Cristian Pache assigned to Gwinnett Stripers from Mississippi Braves. Pache entered as a defensive substitute the very next day but didn’t receive a plate appearance, and he’ll have to wait until 2021 to add to his stats. 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. Pache will make his major-league debut Wednesday against the Nationals, batting ninth and playing left field. Join our linker program. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. 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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+). The organization’s top prospect was coming off a career 2019 campaign in which everything seemed to come together for him at the plate, shown by a combined 113 wRC+ and 12 home runs in 130 games at the two highest levels of the minors. [33] On August 6, 2019, Pache made his International League debut with the Gwinnett Stripers. His major-league debut appears to be imminent with Ender Inciarte struggling at the plate in Acuna's absence. Pache was added to the 40-man roster Tuesday. Pache picked up the injury attempting to steal second base during Monday's intrasquad game. Pache was a silver lining as the Braves dropped their first game of the 2020 playoffs in a series they still lead, 2-1. 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 joined Joe Blanton (2008), Melvin Mora (1999), Don Gullett (‘75), Mickey Lolich (‘68), Frank Demaree (‘32) and Rosy Ryan (‘24) as the only players to hit their first homer in the postseason. However, World Series appearance or not, the organization’s top talent looks to be primed for a big rookie season in 2021. Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. [17] On August 1, Pache was promoted to the Mississippi Braves. Braves: Cristian Pache is receiving invaluable experience in the postseason Braves This time last year, a 20-year-old Cristian Pache was just a month removed from a solid performance in the minor league playoffs, hitting .384 with a 2020 MLB Postseason, Atlanta Braves, Cristian Pache, Dodgers, Experience, NLCS This is what I’ve always wanted, to be able to play in these types of situations.”. 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. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in two games. Pache made the roster for the NL Wild Card Series against the Reds. And it’s not just his ability to lay off pitches out of the zone, either (as we saw against. He’s thriving in every bit of it that he can.". Follow her on Twitter @jessicacamerato, Facebook and Instagram. [41] He was called up to the major league level on August 18. [20][21] He hit .290/.318/.387 through 14 games,[22] and was named to the AFL All-Star Game. Watch Cristian Pache's first career homer. In my eyes, he’s a legend. [27][28][29], Pache was named to the 2019 MLB Pipeline’s All-Defensive team. 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. [2][3] At the time of his signing, Baseball America ranked Pache the 21st-best international free agent. Struck out once. 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. Logos were compiled by the amazing SportsLogos.net. Pache is a very talented prospect. 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. 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. The exact nature and severity of Pache's injury are not yet clear. We knew the glove was ready, and we suspected the bat was too, but it’s exciting to see it all come together before our eyes on national television against perhaps the best team in baseball. Become a Stathead & surf this site ad-free. 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. Debut: August 21, 2020 (Age 21-276d, 19,812th in MLB history) Rookie Status: Still Intact through 2020 Pache jammed his right foot or ankle attempting to steal second base during Monday's intrasquad game, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Before COVID struck earlier this year, the 2020 season was set to feature not just more gains at the plate but potentially an MLB debut for Pache. Hopefully, the Braves can bounce back from such an embarrassing loss because that’s two record-breaking blow-ups in the first inning in just the last two seasons. He has started in center field in Games 2 and 3, and he has a double and a homer in his 10 postseason at-bats. His first major league hit was a single off of pitcher Cole Irvin. Before even making his second career postseason start on Wednesday, Pache already described the opportunity as "a dream come true. Do you have a blog? [37][38] Prior to the 2020 season, MLB.com ranked Pache the eleventh-best prospect in Minor League Baseball. (35-25, 1st place in NL East), Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Saturday, October 17, 2:04AM. But just because Pache wasn’t able to get in a full season’s worth of development in 2020 doesn’t mean this year has been a waste. 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. [18] In 29 games for Mississippi, he hit .260 with one home run and seven RBIs in 29 games. Some high school data is courtesy David McWater. 21 International Prospect Christian Pache", "Braves close to signing two top international prospects", "Atlanta Braves draft picks receive first pro assignments", "Some say Pache is best defensive outfielder in Braves system", "Where are they now? Only teammate Ronald Acuña Jr., Brian McCann and Andruw Jones -- Pache’s mentor -- were younger. The Braves debut did come, though. Pache drove a 1-0 offering from Dodgers lefty Julio Urías down the left-field line for a no-doubter. [30] He spent time in major league camp prior to the start of the 2019 season,[28] and was subsequently reassigned to Mississippi. started in center field. November 19, 1998 Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. The rookie center fielder crushed his first major-league home run leading off the home half of the third inning (and the Braves already trailing 15-0). 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. [42] Pache debuted in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 21, 2020, starting in left field. 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. [35][36], Pache was added to the Braves 40–man roster following the 2019 season. 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. 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. Pache homered a month shy of his 22nd birthday, making him one of four players in Braves history to belt a postseason home run at 21 years or younger. Some defensive statistics Copyright © Baseball Info Solutions, 2010-2020. Cristian Rafael Pache (pronounced Potch-ay; born November 19, 1998) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). Subscribe to our Free Newsletter, This Month in Sports ReferenceFind out when we add a feature or make a change. 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). 5 days ago Atlanta Braves outfielder Cristian Pache and first/third baseman Pablo Sandoval were both added to the club’s wild-card series roster prior to Game 1 on Wednesday. Cristian Rafael Pache (pronounced PAH-chay;[1] born November 19, 1998) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). Pache was diagnosed with a Grade 2 right ankle sprain Wednesday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. His shot off a 93.9 mph fastball traveled a Statcast-estimated 388 feet and put Atlanta on the board in the third inning of its 15-3 loss. Of that group, he is just the third non-pitcher, joining Mora and Demaree. Our MLB experts debate. The Braves debut did come, though. [19] In August 2018, it was announced that Pache was placed on the preliminary Arizona Fall League roster. Entered in the second inning for an injured. Pache -- the Braves’ No. [23] As a prospect, Pache drew attention for his defensive skills.