Hey guys, the Rome Braves were in town for 7 games (4 in Greenville, 3 in Hickory) this past week and I got a couple of looks at them, it’s a very good squad. One player that was high on my radar coming into the season was young CF, Cristian Pache (The Hickory PA announcer pronounced the last name Pa(Shea) like the Mets former stadium), (I’ll roll with that until I hear something different).
Pache- Age 18, listed 6’2″ 185 lbs, bats and throws right. He was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. He had a lot of helium this Winter, really climbing up prospect lists and deservedly so, lots of loud tools on display.
Pache looked pretty well put together, I guessed 6’2″ 190 lbs on the field. He could still fill out, I suspect he could add another 15-20 lbs of muscle. That could cost him a step though.
At the dish, Pache hits from a semi open stance and slight crouch. He keeps his hands high and he utilizes a moderate leg kick for timing. His hands stay pretty busy pre-pitch. His swing is linear and has some length to it, but the bat speed is plus and the ball jumps off of his barrel. For an 18 year old he put together some pretty professional at bats in my look. Fouled off some tough pitches, laid off of some tough benders. The hit has the potential to play plus.
Pache is pretty strong already and will get stronger. I put the raw power at 45 right now and that may get to 55 at peak. Potential 16-20 HR player but with current swing plane 8-12 is more likely.
Speed and defense: For a big man Pache can fly, the speed is double plus. I liked his action in CF, good 1st step and the route running is already above average. He displayed a strong arm as well.
Conclusion: Pache is an exciting young player with 5 loud tools on display. We could be looking at a player with the potential to hit 280+, with power in the teens and 25+ SB. With well above average CF defense. That’s a very exciting player.
This is the year of the CF in the Sally. I’m looking forward to seeing how Pache stacks up vs Mickey Moniak, Blake Rutherford, Desmond Lindsay, Leody Taveras, Manuel Melendez ETC…
I should have multiple looks at each player by the All Star break and will rank them then. Cheers.
Next up at Notes: A 1st impression piece on Rome SS, Derian Cruz should land tomorrow. Also the Greensboro Grasshoppers are in town and I’m hoping to see young Right Hander Jordan Holloway tomorrow.
The fund drive has concluded for 2017. The $$ goal has been reached and I want to thank everyone for there support.