Three key Braves prospects on hitting tears

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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