Imagining a Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves Kris Bryant trade
Chicago Cubs: Another impressive outfielder
It is mind-boggling to think about how the Braves will most likely consist of Pache, Drew Waters, and Ronald Acuna Jr. Think about that for a second. If you watch both Pache and Waters play baseball, it becomes clear how dynamic this trio may one day become.
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Moving ahead to the actual topic at hand, Waters is a more realistic target and starting point in a deal involving Bryant. In the eyes of many fans apart of Braves nation, Pache is nearly untouchable. I understand why, trust me. However, Waters may become more achievable because of Pache.
Waters has followed a similar path as Pache. Still not old enough to legally drink a beer in the continental United States, Waters has already racked up three full seasons of professional baseball. In 2019, Waters played primarily at Double-A, slashing a studly .319/.366/.481 with 13 stolen bases and a 144 wRC+.
Toward the tail end of the season, the Braves promoted Waters from Mississippi to Gwinnett, where the 20-year-old held his own. Waters slashed a respectable .271/.336/.374, managing a walk rate of nearly ten percent, a three percent uptick from Mississippi. One thing to like about Waters is his ability to switch-hit. If he can continue to develop at this pace, a few years down the road, he could turn into one of the best rookies around.