27 - Niko Pacheco
Niko Pacheco
Height: 6-0
Weight: 215
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Fresno, Calif.
High School: Bullard HS
Position: C
B/T: R/R
Experience: HS

SUMMER 2013
Played for the Medford Rogues of the West Coast League with fellow Titan teammates Chad Hockin and Christian Coronado, advancing to the WCL playoffs…batted .277 with nine runs scored, two doubles, one triple and nine RBIs. 

HIGH SCHOOL
A 2013 graduate of Bullard High School in Fresno, Calif…played four years of varsity baseball for head coach Chad Thornhill…following his senior season was named Fresno Bee honorable mention and first team County Metro Athletic Conference after batting .345 with 13 RBIs… a two-sport star for the Knights, was the a three-year starting quarterback on the football field and a two-year starting catcher on the diamond…in his first year behind the plate during his junior season in 2012, was named the Fresno Bee Player of the Year after helping Bullard to a Valley League Championship and its first Central Section title in 13 years…caught all 230 innings in 2012, leading the Knights to a 26-7 record and a No. 11 state ranking from Cal-Hi Sports…managed a pitching staff with a 2.50 ERA…at the plate, led the Knights offensively in several categories: batting average (.364), RBIs (37), doubles (16), total based (58) and slugging percentage (.542)…in the championship game, batted 3-for-3 with two doubles and drove in a run in a 6-2 victory over Clovis High School…a four-year starter (two at catcher), in 2012 earned first-team all-league, first-team all-valley and Max Preps all-state accolades…was named the 2012 Reebok NorCal World Series Tournament MVP…was named the Fresno Grizzlies Hot Stove 2013 Male Athlete of the Year…on the football field, in 2011 quarterbacked Bullard to the Central Section Division I Championship Game, and received all-league honors in 2011 and 2012…a six-time scholar-athlete.

 

PERSONAL
Born in Fresno, Calif…parents are Chris and Stacy Pacheco…has one older sister (Jocilyn) and one younger sister (Mindy)…major is business marketing…has volunteered at Kid’s Day at a local Fresno children’s hospital…models his game after Yadier Molina…favorites include: Yadier Molina (baseball player), Angel Stadium, Rangers Ballpark (baseball stadiums), Bo Jackson, Mike Trout (athletes), Jay-Z, Notorious BIG, Red Hot Chili Peppers (musical artists), Angels (baseball stadium), “The Dark Knight” (movie), “Moneyball” (book), Heath Ledger (actor), Scarlett Johannssonn (actress).