Reynolds solid; Pacheco sees time at first base

October 21, 2010 | 10:25 am | 13  

Greg Reynolds was solid in his second Arizona Fall League start. The former Colorado Rockies first-round pick allowed five hits and a run in four innings for the Scottsdale Scorpions on Wednesday. He walked no one and struck out one. In two AFL starts covering seven innings, Reynolds has a 2.57 ERA.

Jordan Pacheco, one of the Rockies’ top catching prospects, got a start at first base and was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Pacheco was drafted as an infielder and played second, third and short in his first minor-league season before being converted to catcher. Scottsdale carries three other catchers in addition to Pacheco, who has played three games in the AFL — one as a catcher, one as the DH and one at first.

Shortstop Thomas Field was 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored. Reliever Rex Brothers allowed two hits and struck out two in an inning of work.

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  • Julian | October 21, 2010 | 10:40 am

    Do the Rockies have plans to consider Pacheco as a first baseman? It might make sense to have either Rosario or Pacheco play another position.

  • Steve Foster | October 21, 2010 | 10:54 am

    Rockies like Pacheco as a catcher, but his background as an infielder and how his rise is beginning to run parallel to Rosario could change things down the line. He has shown some gap power, but probably not enough to be an everyday first baseman. Could see him as a utility guy if Rosario ends up being the regular catcher in a couple years.

  • Mike Raysfan | October 21, 2010 | 2:59 pm

    Interesting move Steve. Think they will actually try and mold him as a utility guy? It’s not like the Rockies are lacking in utility type guys, even with a pending possible departure of Mora.

    Any inside news on Jorge De La Rosa? Could be just me but with Lilly getting the deal he did? I thought it would take 3rs/$24m to sign Jorge. Looks like my thought of other teams willing to go more than 3 yrs and $24m is a very real possibilty. Unless Jorge does have some huge desire to stay here, I doubt the 3yrs $18m that has been suggested or thrown out there will even come close. I hope it does, but not likely.

  • Robb | October 21, 2010 | 3:13 pm

    Steve,

    When you described Pacheco as having “gap power’, doesn’t that describe the Rockies 1st Baseman the past 2-3 years and probably this year, too? Young guys can develop home run power, older guys lose it. Rockies need to start getting a serious plan in place to replace Helton or they will end up with the same situation they have at 2nd base. No clear-cut starter and continually searching.

  • Steve Foster | October 21, 2010 | 4:35 pm

    It does describe their power from first base the past couple years, but they also have needed more power from the position. Not saying Pacheco won’t develop that over time, but he might be more of a contact/doubles guy, and certainly is that now.

    See the comment thread on De La Rosa yesterday. Short version of my take is take is that Lilly’s signing doesn’t change the DLR situation much. Lilly was expected to get 2-3 years and somewhere betwee $9-11 million. Dodgers paid a slight premium to keep him off the open market, which the Rockies would also have to do to keep DLR off the market. Three years, $18 million is looking a little low. While I think there’s a chance someone could go to three years, $24 million, that’s on the high side. Just isn’t enough track record for teams to offer much more than that unless their are 1) desperate for pitching and 2) loaded with cash to burn. A couple teams do fit that description, but even so I don’t think De La Rosa is going to get beyond the $6-8 million yearly range. The enticement he might find on the open market would be a fourth year. But I have trouble seeing a team giving four years to a pitcher who has made 30 or more starts in his career just once.

  • Jack Etkin | October 21, 2010 | 5:42 pm

    Pacheco played 1B because the Rockies would rather have him play there, 3B or DH and get at-bats rather than sit on the bench. Every organization has a priority position on the AFL team where they send players. For the Rockies that is SS, a move they made with Hector Gomez in mind _ before his back problems kept him from playing in the AFL _ and which now falls to Thomas Field. So the Rockies are fine with Pacheco playing somewhere other than C to get at-bats.
    He did make a diving stop to his right at 1B.
    As Steve pointed out, Pacheco’s role in the majors could change if Rosario develops into an every day C and McKenry backs him up. The Rockies didn’t think Pacheco’s power would profile to a corner IF position when they moved him from 2B to C in extended spring training in 2008. At this point, he still doesn’t project to have the ideal amount of power for 1B or 3B. But he’s a very smart hitter and makes exceedingly good contact (60 walks, 42 strikeouts in 468 at-bats this year at Modesto (mostly) and Tulsa) so he’ll play somewhere in the big leagues. Just where that turns out to be is a matter for down the road. The issue right now is getting Pacheco at-bats in the AFL, and if he gets a little familiarity at 1B or 3B, so much the better.

  • Rich M | October 22, 2010 | 7:49 am

    This is interesting, I wasn’t aware that Pacheco played 2nd before moving to catcher. Are we to assume that he a Biggio type player with maybe only adequate second base skills?

    High average, low srike outs and high on base percentage – this guy needs to play somewhere.

  • ProgMatinee | October 22, 2010 | 9:46 am

    When you get power from a traditionally unexpected position like SS, doesn’t that adjust what type of bat you desire at other positions?

    The Rockies surely know that they can’t fill the roster with all 20+ HR guys that swing away.

    Someone needs to be an on base type guy, no? I’m not saying Pacheco or anyone else fits that position, but I just think pegging the 1B position to someone that has to slug rather than hit for average is a mistake. The team doesn’t lack for power it needs base runners.

  • Julian | October 22, 2010 | 10:16 am

    I think that both RichM and ProgMatinee make a good point. Power hitters are great, but so are players who know how to get on base, move runners along, etc. We could do worse than having some players who hit doubles to the gaps in Coors field and have good batting averages. At some point the Rockies need to figure out how to get the best performance out of the players they have, and if that means playing more small ball, rather than hitting for the fences, that would be fine if it results in more runs on the scoreboard.

  • Rocky | October 22, 2010 | 1:01 pm

    Forgive me for day-dreaming here(it is off-season afterall) but, I would seriously hope that the Rockies HR, swing away mentally would diminish. How I would love to see a Charlie Lau type of approach take hold here. You know the Rod Carew, George Brett approach at the plate. I’m not talking slap hitting, but smart contact hitters who can cover the plate, and swing away only in situational circumstances.

  • ProgMatinee | October 22, 2010 | 1:06 pm

    Thats why I’m not ready to give up on Todd Helton and replace him with someone swinging for the fences.

    I can care less if Todd ever hits 20 HRs again. But if he can raise that batting average back above .310 then that would be a godsend at the 5th or 6th hole.

  • Rocky | October 22, 2010 | 2:11 pm

    Amen agree totally ProgMatinee. If he could even hit in the .275 -.290 range I would take that. Just put the freakin ball in play. Let’s hope Carney is a regular reader of ITR.

  • Andy | October 22, 2010 | 2:24 pm

    I was hoping Pacheco could turn into a Brandon Inge type, with his versatility keeping him in the big leagues for a while. Having a utility player able to play replacement level D at 3B/1B/C gives a National League team a TON of roster flexibility when small injuries hit the pen.