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Baseball America ranks Cristian Pache 3rd best prospect in Arizona Fall League

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Pache earns high ranking with AFL showing.

Arizona Fall League All Star Game Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The intrigue is building for Atlanta Braves outfield prospect Cristian Pache who in 2018 moved up to Double-A and put up a good showing in the Arizona Fall League. Pache has continued to turn heads and has been moving up prospect lists. He caught the eye of Baseball America’s Bill Mitchell who lists him as the third best prospect that participated in the Arizona Fall League.

Pache still has work to do when it comes to developing his hit tool, but scouts believe he’ll get stronger and grow into 20-plus home run power in time. He’s still a couple of years away from making it to the big leagues, but those who believe in Pache see All-Star potential.

Pache is listed behind third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr and pitcher Forrest Whitley who both figure to make an impact this season. Pache could still be a year or more away from the majors but his progress has not gone unnoticed.

There is no questioning his defensive prowess but it was his progress at the plate that turned heads. He began the season at High-A Florida where he hit .285/.311/.431 with eight home runs and 20 doubles in 93 games. He didn’t show quite as much power after a promotion to Double-A in August where he slugged .337 in 104 plate appearances.

Pache figures to begin the 2019 season back at Mississippi but it wouldn’t be terribly surprising to see him at Gwinnett at some point next season. The team has indicated that they will be patient with Pache but he could find himself in the mix soon enough.