Colorado Rockies Countdown: Top Five First Basemen
5. Jordan Pacheco (2011-2014, fWAR -2.9)
Yeah, it’s true, writing Pacheco in as an “all-time” Rockies anything didn’t feel very natural … but Jordan does rank third on our list for plate appearances with 935. But let’s be real, dude only makes our list by default.
Pacheco is the only other Rockies player in history besides those who occupy our top four spots to qualify for our list (500 PAs, with a majority of playing time coming at first). Initially, making our list by default might seem a little depressing, but the truth is, it speaks to how stable the position has been for Colorado in their short history.
Drafted in the ninth round of the 2007 draft, Pacheco is a homegrown product who made his Rockies debut on September 6, 2011. Collecting two hits and two RBIs, Pacheco made a strong first impression. Utility player at heart, Pacheco did play a majority of his games at first base despite starting 80 games at third in 2012.
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That 2012 campaign would be Jordan’s best as a Colorado Rockies player. Pacheco overachieved to the tune of a .309 average and managed to finish sixth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. A sophomore slump hit Jordan hard in 2013 as could only muster a .239 average. Off to another sub-par start at the plate in 2014, Jordan and the Rockies decided needed a change of scenery was necessary.
For his Colorado career, Pacheco hit .281 with only eight homers and 98 RBIs. Currently, Jordan is trying to earn his stripes as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.
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