Two young players have stood out for their astonishing regressions in the 2013 season. One of them is Josh Rutledge (.211/.271/.313), although his struggles might have been a bit more predictable given the way he cooled off near the end of 2012. The second is Jordan Pacheco, whose lack of power was always a red flag, but it is hard to think it was a sign he would fall off a proverbial cliff as he has this season.
Of late Pacheco has been phased out of any spot starts at first base, rendering him to a full time pinch hitting role. Turns out he is terrible at that, so the Rockies are going to send him and his .229/.268/.298 line to Triple-A.
Everybody please welcome Charlie Culberson.
The #Rockies recall IF Charlie Culberson from AAA and option IF Jordan Pacheco to AAA.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) July 29, 2013
Somewhat infamously among Rockies fans, Culberson was acquired for Marco Scutaro in a 2012 trade with the San Francisco Giants. Scutaro went on to be a hero, hitting his way to NLCS MVP and a World Series ring.
None of that is Culberson’s fault, of course, but if he wanted to turn into a good big league player it would sure take some of the sting out of that one.
Acquired as an infielder, Culberson has been taking some reps in the outfield while in Colorado Springs. He will be available to play multiple positions and as a bat off the bench. To date he was batting (.310/.338/.524 ) with the Sky Sox when he was recalled.