Three key Braves prospects on hitting tears

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.

Braves outfield prospects Drew Waters and Cristian Pache are off to strong starts at Double-A Mississippi, while third baseman Austin Riley has made a big splash this week for Triple-A Gwinnett.

Pache and Waters each has played in 22 games this season, and 27 of their combined 57 hits have gone for extra bases.

Waters, 20, is a 6-foot-2, 183-pound switch-hitter who was drafted by the Braves in the second round in 2017 (41st overall) out of Etowah High School. He is 7-for-16 over his past four games.

Pache, 20, is a 6-2, 185-pound right-handed batter out of the Dominican Republic who signed in July 2015. He is 6-for-14 over his past four games.

Riley, 22, is a 6-3, 220-pound right-handed batter who was drafted by the Braves in 2015 as the 41st overall pick. He has hit safely in his past six games, hitting .542 (13-for-24) in that span, with five home runs, 9 RBIs, four doubles and seven runs scored.

Here are their season totals through Tuesday’s games:


22 games, .321, 2 HRs, 16 RBIs, 7 2Bs, 4 3Bs, .363 OBP, .934 OPS


25 games, .293, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs, 8 2Bs, 0 3Bs, .352 OBP, .938 OPS


22 games, .319, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 11 2Bs, 1 3B, .366 OBP, .888 OPS

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