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Pacheco Making Change to Catcher

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PASCO, Wash. -- Whether it be riding a bike or driving a car, doing something for the first time is never easy.

Most of the Tri-Cities Dust Devils have dreamed and played baseball their whole lives. And most have worked most of their lives to become the best they can be at one position.

But Tri-City catcher Jordan Pacheco had a big change in his baseball career path about three months ago.

Pacheco says, "I just had to get some time back there, learn how to block, learn the defensive aspect behind the dish."

Pacheco had been a second baseman in college but was asked to make the switch to catcher.

He says, "At first I was a little skeptical, but now that I've gotten comfortable and caught a bunch of the guys that are pitching here at Tri-Cities, it's gotten better"

Dust Devils Manager Freddy Ocasio says, "He's a guy that can swing the bat a little bit and he's got good hands so he projects better as a big leaguer as a catcher."

While Pacheco has had some success using the catcher's mitt behind home plate, he's also made some mistakes. But, he says time is on his side

He says, "We got lots of time, three months here, we're just getting settled in.

Right now, Pacheco just has to take it one pitch and one game at a time.