Pacheco's versatility a boon to Rockies

Pacheco's versatility a boon to Rockies

Pacheco's versatility a boon to Rockies
ATLANTA -- Although first baseman Jordan Pacheco was charged with two errors -- one fielding, one throwing -- on one play in the first inning of Monday's 6-1 loss to the Rockies, manager Jim Tracy said that the mistakes were aberrations.

After playing 13 of his 24 games at first base in 2011, Pacheco has played the bulk of his games at third this season.

"He looks much more comfortable and much more confident over there," Tracy said, crediting the improvement to the work Pacheco put in.

Although Pacheco had a rough first inning in the field, he went 1-for-3 at the plate, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games.

Pacheco has played in 104 games this season and is hitting .311 with three home runs. Though there might be hope that he could one day hit more home runs, Tracy doesn't want Pacheco to change his swing at all.

"I promise you this: We're not going to ask this guy to hit more home runs," Tracy said. "I don't want to hear the suggestions of 'Change your swing, let's see if we can get him to hit for more power.' I personally feel you're doing this guy a real disservice if you suggest that."

After watching Pacheco for a full season, Tracy is convinced that he has a role with the Rockies and that the versatility he has added will only be beneficial.

"We know that he can catch, we certainly know that he can hit," Tracy said. "I think we've covered a lot of miles with this guy. There's no doubt about that."