Pacheco showing improvement in second stint

Pacheco showing improvement in second stint

DENVER -- Rockies rookie third baseman Jordan Pacheco is enjoying his do-over.

Pacheco made the Opening Day roster, but went 2-for-10 before being sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs on April 15. But from May 7 through Sunday, when he went 0-for-4 at Cincinnati and saw his hitting streak end at 11 games, Pacheco hit .302 with one home run and six RBIs.

The Rockies needed the improvement from Pacheco, with Chris Nelson out with a left wrist injury. Pacheco said the regular at-bats in Colorado Springs helped.

"We're two months into the season, so I've probably got 200 at-bats between here and Colorado Springs, and it's nice to see a lot of pitching," Pacheco said. "The more pitches you see, the more comfortable you get."

At the start of the season, Pacheco was sharing time with Nelson and, being a converted catcher, had not reached a comfort level at third base. Pacheco said changing his mindset took time.

"You've got to think, 'If the ball is hit at you, what are you going to do with it?'" Pacheco said. "It's not so much what pitch is coming next, what did the hitter do last time and where do we need to throw this pitch. I needed to simplify and just worry about catching the ball and throwing to the base it needs to go to."