Pache leads Braves’ contingent in Arizona Fall League

Cristian Rafael Pache was born Nov. 19, 1998 in the Dominican Republic. The Braves signed Pache on July 4, 2015. Entering the 2018 season, Pache ranked third among Braves position prospects. In 2016, Pache played at two levels of rookie ball and hit .309, with seven triples and four doubles in 221 at-bats. At low Single-A Rome in 2017, Pache hit .281 with 13 doubles, 8 triples and 42 RBIs in 469 at-bats. Pache hit his first professional home run March 27, 2018 at SunTrust Park in the Braves Futures game.

The preliminary rosters for this year's Arizona Fall League were released Thursday, and four Braves prospects were assigned spots on the Peoria Javelinas.

Outfielder Cristian Pache headlines the group. He is joined by outfielder Izzy Wilson and infielders Braxton Davidson and Ray-Patrick Didder.

Pache, who turns 20 on Nov. 19, began this season at high Single-A and hit .285 for the Florida Fire Frogs, with eight home runs and 40 RBIs in 369 at-bats over 93 games. After a promotion to Double-A Mississippi on Aug. 1, Pache is hitting .278 (27-for-97) with one homer and seven RBIs in 26 games for the M-Braves.

He has added 23 doubles and six triples in his 119 games this season for a total of 38 extra-base hits in 466 at-bats.

Pache, who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, is known as one of the premier defensive players among all baseball prospects.

A shortstop, Didder also began the season with the Fire Frogs and was promoted July 9 to Mississippi. He hit .209 in the Florida State League and is at .268 in the Southern League. He has hit eight doubles, seven triples and four homers this season.

Davidson, 22, has played for the Fire Frogs all season. A first-round draft choice of the Braves in 2014, Davidson is hitting .170 with 19 homers and 62 RBIs in 405 at-bats this season. He has nearly one strikeout for every two at-bats (205).

Wilson, 20, is from Saint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, and he has played for Rome and Florida in Single-A ball this season. Over 354 at-bats, he is hitting .226 with eight homers and 35 RBIs and has 15 doubles and three triples.

The Javelinas’ roster is stocked with prospects provided by the Braves, Brewers, Padres, Mariners and Rays.