I'll admit that I had mostly blocked out Jordan Pacheco's presence on the 2014 Rockies from my memory. After all, he got placed on waivers back in June after compiling 80 plate appearances with the team and was then claimed by the Arizona Diamondbacks, putting him thoroughly out of my consciousness.
When I interviewed Pacheco last year, I found him to be a really great dude - it's a shame that his baseball skills, which are elite enough to make it to the big leagues, just weren't up to snuff even on this roster. Pacheco will always have the glorious .309/.341/.421 rookie season (6th place in NL ROY voting) in 2012, but I think that might be the pinnacle of his major league achievements.
After spending most of his Rockies career at either third or first base, Pacheco (who was a 2B in college) was moved back to the position he played throughout the minors, catcher. Unfortunately, he looked like a converted second baseman behind the plate, not providing the Rockies much defensive utility. Even worse, he didn't hit well enough to make up for it in the 20 games he saw action in.
Pacheco just didn't show well enough in his 80 plate appearances, so he was designated for assignment in June and picked up by the Diamondbacks on June 12th. With Arizona, Pacheco put up similar numbers (.272/.298/.321) in 85 plate appearances as a utility infielder. The 28 year-old will be fighting for a major league roster spot next year with Arizona.
2014 Grade: D
As a player without any minor league options coming into 2014, the Rockies were forced to shoehorn Pacheco onto their Opening Day roster or risk losing him on waivers. After seeing 80 plate appearances of him as a backup catcher (and reserve infielder), the Rockies decided that Pacheco wasn't a fit for their 40 man roster. As much as I like the guy personally, it's hard to disagree with that evaluation.
Pacheco's absence made room for one of the real pleasant surprises in 2014 - Michael McKenry, whose place on this list won't come up for quite some time.