The Atlanta Braves are calling up top outfield prospect Cristian Pache, according to ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel. The Braves have not yet announced the roster move.
Pache, 21, is widely regarded as the Braves’ top prospect and a consensus top-20 prospect around baseball. Here is what the Talking Chop prospect team wrote about Pache this past winter while ranking him as the top prospect in the organization:
“We have arrived at the summit of our top 30 list and, to the surprise of essentially no one, that player is outfielder Cristian Pache. Pache was our unanimous number #1 pick (which is rare to have everyone on the same page on a guy) due to his high floor, extremely high ceiling, and the type of athleticism that one can dream about. Signed out of the Dominican Republic back in 2015, Pache could have essentially played whatever sport he wanted to with his raw athleticism and it is likely that whatever he chose to focus on, he could have been great at it. In addition to be a 70 runner, he has above average to maybe plus raw power (the grade is definitely lower for game power), and he is also the best defensive centerfielder in the minor leagues and the day he debuts in the major leagues, he will be among the best defensive centerfielders in the game with great instincts, quick routes, and a really strong arm when he sets and throws (his off balance and back foot throws are less good).”
Pache has the potential to be a true five-tool talent for the Braves. As Ender Inciarte has struggled mightily during the first month of the shortened season, noise had increased over the last 72 hours about a Pache promotion. Assuming it does indeed happen, one would assume the Braves would give Pache regular at bats while handling center field.
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