Cristian Pache finding his groove again in Triple-A
The Oakland A’s waited as long as they could. Cristian Pache was given every chance possible to break out of his season long slump, with the A’s giving him far more time than seemed necessary. However, as they are rebuilding, there was no harm in seeing if the bat would ever come around.
Eventually, their patience had run out. Pache was sent back to Triple-A in a move that was long overdue. The hope was that, by sending him to Las Vegas, he would find his timing with the bat and be able to eventually carry that success back to the majors.
Cristian Pache starting to find success with the bat
So far, mission accomplished on the first part. Pache has performed well in his brief time with the Aviators, notching eight hits with three doubles and three walks in his 24 plate appearances, striking out just five times. While five games are not enough to say that he is ready, Pache is certainly doing his part.
He is still young enough to make an impact at the major league level. Although Pache has been on the prospect radar for years, he is still just 23 years old, an age when players are still in the lower minors. One could argue that he could have used more time in the minors before he made his major league debut.
The problem with that was twofold. First, Pache’s defense is clearly ready for the majors. He has displayed his Gold Glove potential during his time in both Atlanta and Oakland, leading to teams giving him those chances. Second, the pandemic wiped out the 2020 minor league season, potentially stunting his development.
Chances are, we have not seen the last of Pache in green and gold this season. Should he continue his strong showing at Las Vegas, he will be back, especially if the A’s trade any of their outfielders. Maybe then, his performance at Triple-A can carry over and Pache can find success at the major league level.
The Oakland A’s were hoping that Cristian Pache could find success in Triple-A. That has been the case thus far, even if it is a small sample size.