The Braves aggressively went after international talent during the 2015-16 signing period, handing out two six-figure and two seven-figure bonuses. One of them went to Pache, who got $1.4 million that July as MLB Pipeline's No. 14 international prospect. He's performed well pretty much everywhere he's gone, showing off his speed and defense from the outset and then having his offensive game catch up over the past couple of years. He reached Triple-A at age 20 shortly after attending the Futures Game and was added to the 40-man roster during the offseason.
Pache has been chosen by baseball executives as the best defensive prospect two years in a row, and he will be a Gold Glove caliber center fielder in the big leagues. His plus speed to go along with his instincts, reads and routes gives him incredible range, both in and out and side to side. He has a cannon for an arm that freezes runners in their tracks that profiles in right field, but make no mistake: He should move anyone from center to a corner once he arrives. While his legs serve him well in the outfield, he hasn't used them to be an effective basestealer, and that's the only part of his offensive game that hasn't progressed.
Pache has improved his approach at the plate, drawing more walks and cutting down his strikeouts as he's moved up. He makes a ton of hard contact and his power is starting to show up, with his over-the-fence pop coming to his pull side, but he can drive the ball to all fields. Assuming that development continues, Pache will give the Braves another homegrown All-Star caliber outfielder.
Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 45 | Run: 70 | Arm: 70 | Field: 70 | Overall: 60
Ever since Pache signed back in July 2015, when he was one of the better international prospects available in that signing class, he's shown off his outstanding speed and defensive acumen, with hints of what kind of offensive player he could become. His bat took a step forward in 2018, allowing him to reach Double-A and more than hold his own in the Arizona Fall League as a teenager. That carried over to a stellar 2019 season that included a trip to the Futures Game.
Pache might be the best defensive outfielder in the Minor Leagues at present and once he gets to the big leagues, he'll immediately join a list of elite-level center fielders. His speed allows him to cover a tremendous amount of ground and his plus instincts, reads and routes allow that to play up even more. He has a gun for an arm to go with it that would more than work in right, though there is zero question he's a Gold Glove caliber center fielder long-term. Pache's straight running speed is close to top of the scale, but he's yet to translate it effectively in terms of stolen bases. Pache's power is just starting to show up, at least in terms of extra-base ability, and he's showing signs of making adjustments to his swing that could eventually allow him to approach average power in the future.
If he can continue to refine that swing and his approach, Pache has the potential to be an All-Star caliber player. Even if he falls a little short of that, his ability to make contact, his speed and his outstanding defense point to a long Major League career.
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 70 | Arm: 60 | Field: 70 | Overall: 55
Signed for $1.4 million in July 2015, when he was ranked as the No. 14 international prospect by MLB Pipeline, Pache has improved rapidly since signing. He played across two levels of Rookie ball during his professional debut in 2016, then showed it was far from a fluke by earning an All-Star nod as one of the youngest regulars in the full-season South Atlantic League in 2017.
Pache is the best defender in the entire Braves system, and might be the best defensive center fielder in the Minor Leagues. He has plus speed to go along with outstanding instincts and supreme confidence in his ability to track down balls wherever they are hit. He also has a plus arm that allowed him to rack up 17 outfield assists in 2017. Pache's speed also works on the basepaths and he'll become an even better basestealer as he learns his craft. Aggressive at the plate, Pache has hit in the early stages of his career thanks to an ability to make consistent contact. While he has not hit a home run heading into the 2018 season, he has strength and raw power to tap into, with 12-15 homers as a potential ceiling.
Pache loses strength partially because he tends to start running before he finishes his swing. A tireless worker, the teenager has made strides to stay on his legs more, and showed some more ability to drive the ball during instructs, something that could help him become an All-Star-caliber player.
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 30 | Run: 70 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50
MLBPipeline.com's No. 14 overall international prospect when the July 2015 signing period began, Pache received $1.4 million to join the Braves organization. He made his pro debut in the United States the next summer and quickly played his way from the Gulf Coast to the Applachian League. A step behind Ronald Acuna, there's a fun ongoing debate within the organization over who will end up being the center fielder in Atlanta down the road.
The Braves don't have to decide on that yet and can instead enjoy watching Pache follow in Acuna's footsteps. He has all the tools a team wants to see in center field. He has plus-plus speed and combines that with very good breaks and routes, especially given his age. His speed should help him on the basepaths as well. An aggressive hitter, Pache makes consistent contact and rarely strikes out. Acuna wins the power contest, but Pache can hit the gaps with hard line drives.
The Pache vs. Acuna debate might be on-going for the next couple of years, since Pache is not particularly close to Atlanta. Having this kind of up-the-middle talent should make other organizations envious, but there's nothing that says Atlanta's future outfield can't hold both of these premium athletes.
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 60 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45
The epitome of the potential five-tool center fielder, Pache was ranked No. 14 on MLB Pipeline's Top 30 international prospects list in 2015 when the Braves signed him for $1.4 million. While his upside is tremendous, he showed his tools already play in games, splitting time between the Gulf Coast and Appalachian Leagues during his pro debut.
Despite playing at just age 17, Pache already showed improved strength from when he signed. He also showed a solid approach at the plate, especially for someone his age. He made consistent hard contact without a ton of swing and miss. While he didn't show much power in his pro debut, there is raw pop to tap into, something that will come with maturity and some adjustments mechanically. Pache runs very well, helping him be a threat on the basepaths and to cover a lot of ground in center, where it looks like he should be able to stay.
The Braves love the way Pache competes and the energy he brings, reasons why they felt comfortable pushing him to the Appy League in his first real summer of pro ball and a reason why he could move more quickly than anticipated.