Diamondbacks claim Jordan Pacheco off waivers from Rockies

  • Ian Johnson
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The Arizona Diamondbacks have claimed Colorado Rockies catcher/third baseman Jordan Pacheco off waivers in an attempt to add depth and provide stability off of the bench. Pacheco was designated, then placed on outright waivers by Colorado which surely caught Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers’ attention. Arizona will release or option local ASU product Tuffy Gosewisch, seeing how the 30-year-old has a dismal .194 batting average in only 37 plate appearances this season behind Miguel Montero.

The Diamondbacks should feel pleased to acquire the 28-year-old Pacheco as he can play catcher, first base and third base. Pacheco’s characteristics include his tremendous contact skills and his defensive versatility, especially at first base. The downside to this acquisition is that Pacheco has struggled at the plate the past two seasons as his combined stats stand alone .238/.282/.320 triple-slash. This is mostly attributed to his sporadic plate appearances and inconsistent playing time.

Yet, in 2012 Pacheco appeared in 132 games and had 32 doubles along with five home-runs, 54 RBI, and a triple-slash of .309/.341/.421 in 505 plate appearances. This shows that if Pacheco is given the opportunity to play at least three or four times a week like he did in 2012, then we can expect more solid at-bats and consistency out of him. With the Diamondbacks constant struggle it should not be difficult to find Pacheco playing time. As MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reported back in March, Pacheco is out of options, meaning he cannot be optioned to Triple-A so this is Pacheco’s opportunity to prove his worth.

Phoenix Sports-Kings Assistant Site Manager Ian Johnson @IanJohnsonSK

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