Generals pitcher hopes successful season leads to role in UTSA's rotation
Texas Collegiate League All-Star Game
• When: 7 p.m. Monday
• Where: Riverside Stadium
• Home Run Contest: 6 p.m. Monday
• South: Victoria Generals, Acadiana Cane Cutters, The Woodlands Strykers
• North: East Texas Pump Jacks, Brazos Valley Bombers, Alexandria Aces, McKinney Marshals
The Texas Collegiate League season is on-the-job training for Victoria Generals pitcher Jordan Pacheco before he returns to the University of Texas-San Antonio.
His role in the rotation gives him a chance to become accustomed to being a starter.
He hopes to make an impression on a UTSA's new pitching coach and crack the starting rotation next season.
"It's going to be like starting over from scratch," Pacheco said. "He doesn't know anybody, aside from stats, so I'm going to try and go in there and show him what I can do."
During his freshman season, Pacheco went 1-3 with a 5.82 ERA. He had 43 strikeouts in 20 appearances and made eight starts.
The Victoria West graduate went from being the No. 1 pitcher in the Warriors' rotation in 2011 to pitching mostly in relief for the Roadrunners.
He hopes to become one of the top three starters for UTSA next season.
He's done a good job stating his case for the Generals.
In six starts, Pacheco is 4-1 with a 2.06 ERA and has 28 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings.
He is second in the TCL in wins, third in ERA and fifth in strikeouts.
Pacheco's performance has earned him a spot on the South team for Monday's Texas Collegiate League All-Star Game at Riverside Stadium.
"I just had the mind set of coming out here, throwing strikes and giving our team the best chance to win and it's been working out pretty well," Pacheco said.
His play has impressed Generals manager Chris Clemons.
"It's just the experience he's going to get throwing extended innings and being able to go deep into the game," Clemons said.
The coach added that during many games the pitch count isn't an issue for the righty because of his control.
Even though Pacheco has only one career win as a Roadrunner, it was an impressive one.
Pacheco held then top-ranked Baylor to one run and seven hits in a 4-1 non-conference win.
The performance helped the Roadrunners end the Bears' 24-game winning streak and was UTSA's first-ever win over a top-ranked team.
The Roadrunners lost their previous five games against top-ranked teams, all to the University of Texas.
Pacheco had a meeting with the UTSA coaching staff about his role on the team before heading back to Victoria for the summer break.
Pacheco wants to work on finishing innings during the second half of the TCL season.
"I get two quick outs and I struggle the next two or three batters," Pacheco said. "If I just eliminate that and keep my pitch count down, it'll get me further into the game."
Clemons has been pleased with the progress Pacheco has made this summer and impressed with his demeanor on the mound.
"You don't know if he's giving up hits or striking guys out," Clemons said.