02/23/12 4:01 PM EST
ROOT Sports adds two new members
By Joey Nowak / MLB.com
Joel Klatt, a former three-sport athlete at Pomona High School in Arvada, Colo., and a University of Colorado quarterback, will be featured as an on-air host of the Rockies pregame and Toyota postgame shows. Jenny Cavnar, who previously worked for San Diego Padres broadcasts, will be the in-game reporter and also host during the season.
The two will also contribute to Rockies ancillary programs, such as Rockies Weekly with Jim Tracy and Rockies All Access.
"We are very pleased to announce the addition of two outstanding talents with local ties to our ROOT Sports telecasts," ROOT Sports general manager and senior vice president Tim Griggs said in a release. "Joel Klatt and Jenny Cavnar grew up in Colorado, and we are excited that they will have opportunity to cover their hometown team. They both have a very strong baseball background that will offer unparalleled insight for fans of the Colorado Rockies."
Klatt spent three seasons playing Minor League ball in the Padres organization from 2000-02. He attended Colorado following his baseball career and set 44 school records at quarterback.
"I could not be more excited about working with the ROOT Sports team this season," Klatt said in a release. "My professional career started in baseball, and now I look forward to bringing those experiences to the fans of Rockies baseball. To find a career I love, that allows me to be involved in the city where I grew up, makes this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Cavnar, born and raised in Aurora, Colo., is a graduate of Colorado State University and has spent the past five years working in San Diego and Los Angeles, contributing to ESPN, CBS College Sports and FOX Sports West.
"I grew up around baseball, and I am thrilled to be coming back to Colorado," Cavnar said in the release. "I've covered the Padres and NL West for the last five years, so I'm familiar with the division and looking forward to covering my hometown team with the ROOT Sports group."
Chatwood getting into swing of things
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It's been a few years since Tyler Chatwood could regularly wield a baseball bat. Now that he has the opportunity again, he's grabbing that opportunity by the handle.
The 22-year-old right-hander, who was acquired from the Angels by trade this offseason, can often be found walking around the Rockies' clubhouse at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, or sitting in front of his locker, with a bat in his hand. After all, he hasn't gotten to use one regularly since he hit .571 as a senior at Redlands East Valley High School in San Bernardino, Calif.
"It's gonna be fun," Chatwood said of the prospects of hitting in the National League. "I could always swing it."
Chatwood was twice named the San Bernardino Player of the Year -- in 2005 and '07 -- and turned down an opportunity to play shortstop at UCLA for a shot at pro ball. He knew that meant giving up hitting.
"I always wanted to play pro ball, so if that was the only way, I was going to take it," Chatwood said. "At first I was all for it, but then I was like, 'Man, I miss hitting.'"
Chatwood was taken in the second round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft by the Angels, and said he would await Interleague Play, when he could hit again. He debuted with the Angels on April 11 last season, and went 2-for-3 with a run and two sacrifice bunts in five plate appearances.
"I was pumped for it," Chatwood said. "I was more nervous for hitting in Interleague Play than I was for pitching."
Rockies manager Jim Tracy is all for it, knowing the importance of having pitchers who can help execute the offense.
"We're real proud of that part of our program, because I think we've been very good at it over the last couple years," Tracy said. "We've gotten very good collectively over the years of those guys being very good at creating some messy innings for the opposing pitcher, because we work very hard at them being able to handle a bat."
Pacheco never out of position with Rockies
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jordan Pacheco is one of the Rockies' most valuable young players, as evidenced by how much ground he covers during the team's Spring Training workouts.
One minute at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Pacheco can be found working out with the pitchers, catching a bullpen session. The next, he could be on the infield dirt, taking ground balls.
"He's aware of the fact that he can be, from one day to the next, in a different place," manager Jim Tracy said. "Right now there's an incredible amount of value -- especially with a National League club -- when you have someone like that and as versatile as he is. That's the path we'd like to take."
Up to this point, Pacheco's path has zig-zagged since he was drafted out of New Mexico as a middle infielder, then converted to catcher in the Rockies' farm system the following year. When he made his Major League debut last season, the 26-year-old saw time at catcher, first base, second base and third base during his first month in the big leagues.
"We had his battery down to about the lowest voltage you can get to," Tracy said. "He showed back up here in the spring and obviously he went back home and recharged up."
Pacheco said he doesn't know if he's at an advantage having so many options at camp. But with veteran help on the infield (with first baseman Todd Helton and third baseman Casey Blake) and behind the dish (catcher Ramon Hernandez), he knows he has a great opportunity to learn a thing or two.
"It's definitely nice for me being able to pick their brain and just see how they have stayed in the game, and what they do to stay here," Pacheco said. "That's all I'm trying to do."