Jordan Pacheco has learned to play all over the diamond for the Colorado Rockies.
Yet, he still really hasn’t been on the field that much.
Pacheco had the game-winning hit against the New York Mets in the second game of Tuesday, April 16’s frigid doubleheader at Coors Field. Pacheco started at first base in the second game, came through with three hits, and also had a hit as a pinch hitter in the first game. The Rockies swept the Mets to improve to 10-4 and moved into first place in the National League West.
Pacheco can play first, second, third and catcher. He has started five games this season and all of them have been at first base. He is raw at first base in the field, and his lack of power doesn’t suit the position. The same can be said about third base.
Second base would have been a good spot, but Josh Rutledge has emerged and look to be the future at the position. Wilin Rosario has a stranglehold on catcher as he gets better defensively, and he also mash the ball at the plate. Pacheco could be Rosario’s backup, but that means he would play once a week.
Pacheco has become a man without a position for the Rockies. He is the mega-utility guy who will play once or twice a week and probably come up with a couple of hits. There is just no steady spot for the University of New Mexico grad.
A trade could be a possibility. The Rockies are always looking to add pitchers to their staff, even with their early success. Pacheco could flourish with regular playing time and would become a good big league player.
Right now, the Rockies just don’t have a spot for him to show his skills.
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