Rockies add five players to 40-man roster

November 19, 2010 | 3:21 pm  

Catchers Wilin Rosario and Jordan Pacheco, relievers Bruce Billings and Casey Weathers and starting pitcher Cory Riordan were added to the Rockies’ 40-man roster for the first time Friday.

No one was outrighted off the roster, which now stands at 37 players.

Pacheco, who turns 25 in January, hit a combined .323 last season at high-Class A Modesto and Double-A Tulsa with a .405 on-base and .442 slugging percentage. He hit six homers and had 89 RBI in 468 at-bats and had more walks (60) than strikeouts (42).

In the Arizona Fall League, where Pacheco’s Scottsdale team will play Saturday for the championship, he hit .317 with 11 RBI and a .416 on-base percentage in 18 games. Pacheco was drafted in the ninth round in 2007 out of New Mexico. He played second base then and began his conversion to catcher in 2008 at the end of spring training.

Pacheco moved up to Tulsa when Rosario tore his right anterior cruciate ligament Aug. 3. Rosario, who turns 22 in February, hit .285/.342/.552 in 73 games for the Drillers with 19 homers and 52 RBI in 270 at-bats.

Billings, who turned 25 on Thursday, went 11-6 with a 3.28 ERA in 34 games, 14 starts for Tulsa where he was moved to the bullpen in late June. In eight games in the AFL, Billings went 2-1 with a 3.67 ERA and no walks and 10 strikeouts in 11 innings. Billings was selected in the 30th round in 2007 out of San Diego State.

Riordan, 25, went 8-5 with a 4.01 ERA in 27 games, 24 starts for Tulsa. He ranked third in the Texas League with 161 2/3 innings and had 38 walks and 135 strikeouts. The Rockies drafted Riordan in the sixth round in 2007 out of Fordham.

Weathers, 25, made progress in what has been a slow comeback from Tommy John surgery Oct. 31, 2008. He began the season in extended spring training, threw 11 2/3 scoreless innings in 10 games at short-season Class A Tri-City and then went 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and four saves in 20 games at Modesto with 17 walks and 25 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings. Weathers was Colorado’s first-round pick and the eighth player taken overall in the 2007 draft.