Cristian Pache Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 11/19/1998 (23)
Cristian Pache Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Cristian Pache News
The Oakland Athletics optioned outfielder Cristian Pache to Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday and also placed infielder Jed Lowrie (shoulder) on the injured list. In corresponding moves, Adam Oller was optioned to Las Vegas, infielder Vimael Machin was called up, right-hander Adrian Martinez was called up to start against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday and Skye Bolt was reinstated from the injured list. Pache needs to work on his swing down in the minors after hitting .159 with two home runs, 13 RBI and one stolen base in 68 games in his first year in Oakland. Lowrie, meanwhile, has hit .185 with three long balls and 16 RBI in 151 at-bats. Bolt, who is starting in center field and batting sixth against Seattle Mariners right-hander Logan Gilbert on Thursday, could see regular playing time in center now. Machin has had a breakout year in the minors and is worth a peek in deep mixed and AL-only leagues if he sees enough playing time around the infield.
Oakland Athletics outfielder Cristian Pache is back in center field and is hitting eighth against Detroit Tigers left-hander Tarik Skubal for Game 1 of a doubleheader on Tuesday. Ramon Laureano will shift to right field and hit third in the batting order. Pache continues to be a glove-first commodity, as he's just 15-for-89 with two home runs, six RBI and 23 strikeouts in his first 27 games in Oakland. Meanwhile, Laureano is still searching for his first hit after returning recently from a suspension that carried over from last season. Laureano is the better DFS bet for production, but right now, both Laureano and Pache are mainly attractive for their defense in the outfield.
Oakland Athletics outfielder Cristian Pache's glove is ready for the major leagues, with scouts predicting multiple Gold Gloves in his future. But the question has always been whether he can hit enough. The Opening Day center field job in Oakland is up for grabs with Ramon Laureano suspended for the first 27 games, but Pache must show that he's capable of hitting enough the take the job. The team's No. 4 prospect went 0-for-3 with a walk on Tuesday, and his batting average is down to .160 through nine spring games. The 23-year-old Dominican has hit just .119/.157/.209 with a home run and four RBI in his first 72 major league plate appearances over the last two seasons, so fantasy managers shouldn't be looking at his name in mixed leagues just yet.
The young Braves outfielder is a plus-plus centerfielder who has star potential simply due to his glove but that's a skill set that has little-to-no value in fantasy baseball. Offensively, his numbers have been nothing to write home. However, he's shown signs that he could potentially develop into a strong hitter when you take into consideration that he's been one of the youngest hitters in each of the leagues he's played in. Pache's 2019 season was especially promising when he posted a 134 wRC+ in Double-A at the age of 20. Another thing to like about his trajectory is the power development a skill that commonly improves with age (physical maturity). After not hitting a home run in his first two pro seasons, Pache's home run totals have since increased each year and reached double-digits in 2019. With some continued physical maturity and tweaks to beef up his launch angle, there are 20 to 25 home runs in that bat. He hasn't run much since stealing 32 bases in 2017 but Pache still possesses good speed and there is the potential for double-digit steals down the road if a base-running coach can help him polish that skill. With an ADP of 365, fantasy managers realize the Braves prospect is still a work-in-progress despite a solid shot at an everyday outfield role in 2021. Pache is a surefire target in dynasty leagues but he's also an intriguing late-round sleeper in redraft leagues.