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Braves agree to terms with prospects Derian Cruz, Cristian Pache from Dominican Republic


ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms with two 16-year-old players — shortstop Derian Cruz and outfielder Cristian Pache, both of the Dominican Republic.

Cruz and Pache will report to the Braves' Dominican Academy.

The 6-foot-3, 170-pound Cruz is a switch-hitter who was ranked by Baseball America as the fifth-best international prospect and the best overall athlete in the class.

Pache, who is 6-1 and weighs 180 pounds, was ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the 10th-best international prospect. He was 3 for 6 with a triple, walk, and stolen base in Major League Baseball's international showcase in February.

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