Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Scouring the Pebbles

When Eric Young Jr. left for Mississippi to care for his elderly grandfather after a stroke, the Rockies called up Jordan Pacheco from AAA. This is Pacheco’s 2nd stint this year with the big league club. He broke camp with the club after spring training as a reserve infielder and 3rd catcher. Though he hit only .200 in 10 at bats with irregular playing time with the Rockies, he hit .433 (29-for-67) with four doubles, three home runs, and 10 RBIs in 17 games for the Sky Sox. Pacheco was sent to the Sky Sox on April 15 to give him regular playing time at third base and improve his instinctive reactions to batted balls.
He got the start on Monday and finished 0-3 with a BB. One of those ABs could have been scored a sacrifice, anyway he did not get the ball out of the infield while hitting 2nd in the order. Pacheco is a promising offensive prospect but isn't expected to see a whole lot of at-bats with the Rockies this time around. He has more long-term Fantasy appeal than he does immediate value. That is why I picked him up recently in my Dynasty League after making a trade for Ben Zobrist. I gave up Jed Lowrie and Wandy Rodriguez for Zobrist then called up Jarrod Parker from my farm team and replaced him with Pacheco.
Just remember he has all the tools to hit, especially in Coors field. The Rockies are confident Pacheco can hit big league pitching but say he needs more seasoning at 3B. Once he gets a position on the field he will flourish. Remember he was brought up as a catcher through their system, has played both 1B and 2B too. In Yahoo formats he qualifies at both 1B nd 3B but inb ESPN leagues only at 1B for now.

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