Cristian Pache Atlanta Braves

Age: 23 (November 19, 1998) | 6' 2" | 185lbs. OF-22 LF-2 PH-2
ATL A+ 2018 93 369 46 105 15 69 20 5 8 40 7 6 .285 .311 .431 4 18 .330 n/a
ATL AA 2018 29 104 10 27 5 28 3 1 1 7 0 2 .260 .294 .337 5 26 .347 n/a
ATL AA 2019 104 392 50 109 34 104 28 8 11 53 8 11 .278 .340 .474 8 24 .351 n/a
ATL AAA 2019 26 95 13 26 9 18 8 1 1 8 0 0 .274 .337 .411 9 17 .329 n/a
ATL NL 2020 2 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 0 50 .500 100/0/0 -0 -0
ATL AAA 2021 89 321 50 85 30 97 15 0 11 44 9 7 .265 .330 .414 9 28 .347 n/a
ATL NL 2021 22 63 6 7 2 25 3 0 1 4 0 0 .111 .152 .206 3 39 .162 50/11/39 -2 -2
Career 2yrs 24 67 6 8 2 27 3 0 1 4 0 0 .119 .157 .209 3 40 .179 n/a
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Sat, Aug 22 - Cristian Pache went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts in his major league debut Friday against the Phillies.

Making the start in left field, Pache poked a slow roller to right
field for a single in the sixth inning.  The 21-year-old got the call
this week with Ronald Acuna Jr. out due to a wrist injury and Nick
Markakis on the COVID-19 injured list.  It’s unclear how long he’ll stick
around and he’s more ready with his glove than he is with his bat. (

BHQ take: Pache is Atlanta's #1 prospect and was BHQ's #23 prospect entering 2020. The Braves' decision to promote Pache coincides with their placing Nick Markakis on the IL after he may have come in contact with someone with COVID-19.  Of course the Braves also are playing without Ronald Acuna.  — Phil Hertz 

Frank Smith Pancho
Aug 23 '20

From Baseball America:

The start of the Major League Baseball season is less than two weeks away, which means summer camp is in full swing. That means there is plenty of time for prospects to compete in intrasquad and exhibition games. Each day during the week we will be providing a roundup from summer camp that includes highlights, debuts of 2020 draftees and more.

Atlanta Braves

—Braves’ No. 1 prospect Cristian Pache Monday left the team’s intrasquad scrimmage under his own power after jamming his right foot or ankle while trying to steal second base, according to MLB reporter Mark Bowman. Braves’ manager Brian Snitker told David O’Brien of the Athletic that Pache Tuesday would not be limited at all. The outfielder made plenty of strides between Double-A and Triple-A in 2019 after making his first major league camp and is poised to make his major league debut this season.

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 14 '20

Evan Drellich of the Athletic reported, Players who received an advance in April and May that is total to more than their prorated salary during the 2020 season do *not* have to pay anything back. Teams get their money back from a joint fund between the MLB and the MLBPA.

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe confirmed:

Confirmed that this is indeed the case - so Collin McHugh, whose advance exceeds his 2020 guaranteed salary, won’t have to pay back the Red Sox; MLB and MLBPA will do so jointly. But McHugh will have earned all his salary in advance of the season.

The thing is, McHugh's contract is laden with incentives, mostly based on IP and days on the roster. Those are now prorated, like all contract, so he can exceed his advance. For the minor leaguers, the same is true if they are promoted to the main 30-man roster instead of the 30-man taxi squad. At that point, they will receive a prorated major league minimum.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jun 27 '20

A very long article by Jeff Passan at ESPN

A) is depressing

B) has some fascinating info

Such as --

... As part of the March agreement, MLB advanced
players $170 million in salary. That money was divvied up into four
categories. Players with guaranteed contracts received $286,500. Those
with minor league splits in their deals received $60,000, $30,000 or
$16,500. Players on their team's 40-man roster for the first time, like
top Atlanta prospect Cristian Pache, received the lowest sum.

Pache's contract calls for a $46,000 minor league split. That's in a full
season. In this partial season, if he spends its entirety not
on the Braves' active roster, Pache would be due a salary of around
$17,000. Meaning he could spend the next three months playing baseball
-- July training, August and September staying ready -- for a grand
total of about $500.

While it's true Pache received the remainder
of that money as an advance, the idea of him receiving $40 a week --
pretax -- is comical. So is the fact that there are plenty more young
players on 40-man rosters in the exact same position.

Forgiveness of the advance for players on split deals, totaling around $33 million,
was part of the framework that emerged from Manfred's meeting with union
executive director Tony Clark. The MLBPA pushed for more games and a
larger cut of potential new postseason TV money, and when the league
imposed its schedule, it no longer included the advance forgiveness. The
idea of potentially doing months of work for what feels like free is
not sitting well with a large group of young players, according to

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 26 '20

Cristian Pache, OF, Braves: Pache went 3-for-3 with three singles. He also swiped two bases in two tries. Pache is now 3-for-3 on steals this spring. Yes include your very small sample size caveat here, but Pache has always struggled to steal bases at a productive enough rate to make it a useful part of his offensive approach, so this is a very encouraging day for him on that front.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 3 '20

And in the race to the OF in the ATL, do you prefer...

11) Christian Pache, OF, Atlanta Braves, Grade A-: Previously No. 12; hitting combined .277/.340/.462 with 12 homers in 487 at-bats between Double-A and Triple-A at age 20; hasn’t reached his ceiling yet by any means; no change in status from last report......


30) Drew Waters, OF, Atlanta Braves, Grade B+: Previously No. 34; hit .309/.360/.459 between Double-A and Triple-A with seven homers, 16 steals; very athletic, great arm, fast; strike zone gets away from him sometimes and 39/164 BB/K needs to get better.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Dec 31 '19