Braves Nation: An update on ex-Braves prospect Drew Waters

Kansas City Royals' Drew Waters watches his two-run home run next to Boston Red Sox catcher Connor Wong during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Kansas City Royals' Drew Waters watches his two-run home run next to Boston Red Sox catcher Connor Wong during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A few years ago it appeared the Braves’ future outfield would include prospects Cristian Pache and Drew Waters.

Now Pache is playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, although he’s in the minors now suiting up for Lehigh Valley on an injury rehab.

Waters, meanwhile, has become a major-league regular for the Kansas City Royals.

The former Etowah star is hitting just .239 after going 1-for-4 Tuesday night but he’s played in 62 games and has seven homers, 23 RBIs and seven stolen bases.

Waters blasted a 465-foot homer into the fountain in K.C. in July, tied for third longest in Royals history with another ex-Brave, Jorge Soler, who did it on Aug. 3, 2019. Waters also had a triple in that same game.

The Braves traded Waters, right-handed pitching prospect Andrew Hoffmann and Double-A third baseman CJ Alexander to the Royals and acquired the 35th pick in the 2022 draft. With the pick, the Braves selected pitcher J.R. Ritchie, who is for the rest of the season after undergoing elbow surgery.

The emergence of Michael Harris II in center field led to the Braves parting with Waters.