Pacheco having super spring, versatile in field

Pacheco having super spring, versatile in field

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jordan Pacheco is having a super (utility) spring in Rockies camp.

His 2-for-3 performance in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Mariners, a game he started at first base, lifted his spring batting average to .407. This is coming after a 2012 season in which Pacheco, with regular starts at first and third base, hit .309 to lead National League rookies.

The Rockies have plenty of depth at first base, with veteran Todd Helton the everyday starter as long as he can stay healthy and outfielders Michael Cuddyer and Tyler Colvin also able to play in that position. At third, Chris Nelson is trying to hold off a challenge from Nolan Arenado for the starting job, and it appears that in the end, just one will be with the squad, so Pacheco could see some time there. Pacheco is also the third catcher.

Although it could take effort, there are ways to work Pacheco onto the field. Rockies manager Walt Weiss simply must find them.

"We know what he can do," Weiss said. "He's a nice go-to on the bench. He's going to give you a quality at-bat every time he goes up there. I don't care if it's the other team's closer or who it is. That's a guy we've got to find opportunities for. That's a challenge."

Pacheco has spent most of the spring at catcher and first base, but is spending extra time with third base coach and infield instructor Stu Cole to keep his skills sharp at third.

"You just have to go about your business the way you need to," Pacheco said. "We've got a lot of good players on this team and hopefully I can help out. I don't think, 'Is this going to get me here or there?' It's just what's best for the team."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.