Based on Cactus League stats, 25-year-old Jordan Pacheco has been making a strong case for himself. The Albuquerque, N.M., native is hitting .455 (5-for-11) with two doubles and an RBI in seven spring games. He was a Double-A All-Star for the Tulsa Drillers last year, but the jump to the Majors might be a steep step.
"We want to create an opportunity for Pacheco," manager Jim Tracy said. "Is it a stretch on Opening Day? Maybe. But as we go along during the season, to get a player like this exposed as much as you possible can to this environment -- it behooves us to do some of those type of things."
Among the other contenders are: Michael McKenry, the Rockies' Triple-A starter last season; Wilin Rosario, also from Tulsa and fighting off spring injuries; Matt Pagnozi, who has had a couple of cups of coffee with the Cards; and big league veterans Chad Moeller and Jose Morales.
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"Pacheco's a young guy, but he has a presence about him that's very, very interesting," Tracy said. "It's very, very safe to say that he's a legitimate offensive player, and he's going to continue to get better. This guy is eventually going to be a big leaguer, in my opinion. No doubt about it."