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Pacheco impressing staff with work behind plate


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Reports on versatile Jordan Pacheco's work at catcher -- both before Spring Training and in Rockies camp -- are encouraging. With the club looking for ways to keep his bat in the lineup, that's good news.

"That's an interesting question, because he's really good," catching instructor Jerry Weinstein said. "I don't know. It's going to be a very competitive environment, so we will have to see how things shake out."

"He can really catch and he can manage a ballgame, and his throwing is much improved and he's a better technician."

The Rockies most likely will carry two catchers -- Wilin Rosario as the starter and a veteran such as Ramon Hernandez, or possibly non-roster player Yorvit Torrealba.

Pacheco, who received regular starts at third and first base last season and led National League rookies with a .309 batting average, is an option to go behind the plate late in games or as a starter.

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