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Pache, Anderson to rep Braves at Futures Game

@SlangsOnSports
June 29, 2019

NEW YORK -- Outfielder Cristian Pache and pitcher Ian Anderson will represent the Braves in the 2019 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland on July 7. Pache, in his fourth season in the Braves organization, is hitting .297 with 11 home runs for Double-A Mississippi. Pache had

NEW YORK -- Outfielder Cristian Pache and pitcher Ian Anderson will represent the Braves in the 2019 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland on July 7.

Pache, in his fourth season in the Braves organization, is hitting .297 with 11 home runs for Double-A Mississippi. Pache had just nine home runs in his Minor League career prior to 2019.

Pache is the No. 14 overall prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, and the Braves’ top prospect.

Anderson was the third overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft by the Braves out of high school in Clifton Park, N.Y. He has a 2.94 ERA in 16 starts for Mississippi this season. On Friday night against the Jackson Generals, Anderson pitched seven innings, not allowing a hit.

Two years ago in Miami, Ronald Acuña Jr. got an introduction to the national stage in the 2017 Futures Game. He made throws in that game tracked at 95.2 and 96.7 mph, and he had a 112.3 mph exit velocity on a flyout, too.

Acuna wasn’t the only Braves player to represent the team in that game, as Mike Soroka pitched an inning, too. Acuna is headed to this year’s All-Star Game as a starter, and Soroka has made a strong case to join him in Cleveland -- as big league All-Stars this time.

Last year, pitcher Kyle Wright was the Braves’ lone representative.

For the first time, the Futures Game will be an American League vs. National League format, as opposed to the USA vs. World setup of previous years. The game will be televised on MLB Network and live-streamed on MLB.com, and it will also be available on SiriusXM.

Sarah Langs is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in New York. Follow her on Twitter @SlangsOnSports.