When the Oakland Athletics traded first baseman Matt Olson to the Atlanta Braves earlier than the beginning of the 2022 season, they acquired pitching prospects Ryan Cusick and Joey Estes, catcher Shea Langeliers, and outfielder Cristian Pache.
Langeliers was at all times seen because the centerpiece, however Pache was a former high prospect and was nonetheless thought of a really good second participant.
That standing, his good glove, and his spring didn’t assist him make the A’s, although.
Cristian Pache, out of choices, won’t open with the A’s, Kotsay stated. Brent Rooker and Conner Capel will probably be on the opening roster.
— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) March 28, 2023
It’s a reasonably stunning flip of occasions, particularly since Pache is out of minor league choices.
We should see what the choice is on his future, however he stays an excellent guess for the longer term even when he fails to determine himself as an everyday.
Pache carried out nicely within the spring, slashing .302/.362/.419 in 43 at-bats.
On high of that, he’s a powerful defensive middle fielder, with out query the perfect within the A’s group.
Rooker and Capel is likely to be higher gamers than Pache, who had a horrendous .459 OPS final season, in the intervening time.
However the Athletics usually are not attempting to win right this moment: their foremost job must be giving promising prospects like Pache a platform to study and enhance.
This determination might value them within the long-term.
In the event that they find yourself shedding a possible future contributor simply because they didn’t embrace him on the roster, it might be one other mistake for Oakland.