DENVER -- Rockies third baseman Jordan Pacheco has quickly established fearlessness and production in the batter's box.
Pacheco began the year on the 25-man roster but went down to Triple-A Colorado Springs in mid-April. But since his return, he has hit .343 with a home run, five doubles, a triple and 12 RBIs.
The 26-year-old, who made his debut late last season, has impressed the Rockies most this year with two strikes -- .243 (9-for-37) with two doubles and five RBIs. The average sparkles when considering the team with the highest two-strike average in the Majors is the Dodgers, at .211.
"I said this last year when I got this job and watched him in Spring Training, Jordan has probably the best mechanics of anybody on our team, and maybe the organization," Rockies hitting coach Carney Lansford said. "It's just very simple mechanics -- not a lot of movement or extra stuff. He can hit. That's why he's here."
A good deal of Pacheco's at-bats have come in the No. 2 hole, where he is 11-for-37 (.297). But he has produced even better in the No. 7 and No. 8 spots, where he is 14-for-43 (.326) with four doubles, a triple and seven RBIs. With catcher Wilin Rosario, who also hits low in the order, leading National League rookies in home runs (7) and second in slugging (.522), it has become a potent bottom of the order.