Rockies' Pacheco Catches On Behind The Plate





Best Player: Catcher Jordan Pacheco produced all season, charting a course that began with high Class A Modesto, where he hit .321/.407/.444 with five home runs and more walks (54) than strikeouts (36) in 390 at-bats.

Catcher Wilin Rosario's season-ending knee injury gave Pacheco the opportunity to move up to Double-A Tulsa, where he hit .333/.396/.436 in 78 at-bats. A converted second baseman, Pacheco has soft hands and plenty of arm strength and has worked to improve his transfer when throwing and to shorten his arm action.

Best Pitcher: Lefthander Matt Reynolds earned an Aug. 19 promotion to the Rockies after going 1-3, 2.62 with seven saves in 50 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he gave up just two home runs in 55 innings to go with 16 walks and 67 strikeouts.

In his first 13 games for the Rockies, Reynolds went 1-0, 2.19 with three walks and nine strikeouts in 12 innings. The 6-foot-5 Reynolds is a strike-thrower with a good downward plane and can command both sides of the plate.

Keep An Eye On: Low Class A Asheville third baseman Nolan Arenado, 19, didn't make his 2010 debut until May 21 but finished second in the South Atlantic League with 41 doubles and hit .308/.338/.520 with 12 homers and 65 RBIs in 373 at-bats. Arenado has the best two-strike approach in the Rockies system and is very good at hitting balls from gap to gap. He needs to improve his agility to increase his range.

ROCKY ROADS

• Modesto righthander Juan Nicasio went 12-10, 3.91 with 31 walks and 171 strikeouts in 177 innings. Pitching inside and down more effectively enabled him to go 4-1, 2.30 in his final six starts with four walks and 33 strikeouts in 43 innings.

• The Rockies traded Asheville righthander Chris Balcom-Miller, drafted in the sixth round last year out of West Valley (Calif.) JC, to the Red Sox for reliever Manny Delcarmen. Balcom-Miller went 6-7, 3.31, allowing three homers and 86 hits in 109 innings to go with 19 walks and 117 strikeouts.