Dec. 7, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Former Lobo baseball standouts Matt Young and Jordan Pacheco have been added to the 40-man rosters of their respective teams. The transactions were recently announced and serve as a reward for their outstanding play over the last year. Young, a member of the Atlanta Braves organization, is an outfielder and played at UNM from 2002-04. Pacheco, who is a catcher in the Colorado Rockies organization, competed for UNM from 2005-07. New Mexico currently has 20 former standouts playing in Major League Baseball.
"This is just another example of the excellent program we have here at the University of New Mexico," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "Matt and Jordan are great players, who deserve this opportunity."
Pacheco, who was drafted in the ninth round by the Rockies in 2007, hit .323 in 2010 with High-A Modesto and Double-A Tulsa. The Albuquerque, N.M., native finished the year with 151 hits and 89 RBIs. Pacheco had 32 doubles and six home runs in his fourth minor league season. He finished the year with a .405 on-base percentage, 70 runs scored and 60 walks.
Young hit .300 last season with Triple-A Gwinnett. He finished the season with 126 hits in 487 at-bats, including 33 doubles, five triples and three home runs. Young recorded 35 RBIs, 57 walks and scored 88 runs in his first full stint at the Triple-A level.
"It's simply a case of a guy earning everything that he's getting," Braves general manager Frank Wren said. "You can't transplant heart."