DENVER - The Colorado Rockies announced today that former Tulsa hitting coach Dave Hajek will become the Rockies infield coordinator; former Modesto hitting coach Kevin Riggs will become the Tulsa hitting coach and former Casper hitting coach Jon Stone will become the Modesto hitting coach.
Hajek, 44, begins his ninth year in the Rockies organization. He has spent the past three seasons as the hitting coach in Tulsa. Hajek was previously the hitting coach at Single-A Modesto for two seasons. Prior to his stint with the Nuts, Hajek made his coaching debut with the Single-A Asheville Tourists from 2004-05. In his second season with Asheville, he helped guide Matthew Miller, who earned the 2005 Topps Minor League Player of the Year and league MVP honors, after he hit .331. A former second baseman, Hajek retired after the 1999 season following a 10-year professional career. He had a brief Major League stint with the Astros, playing five games in 1995 and eight games in 1996. Hajek was also a Division II All-American at Cal Poly-Pomona from 1988-89.
Riggs, 42, will spend his first season in Tulsa after spending last season in Modesto. Riggs also served as the hitting coach for Single-A Asheville from 2009-10. Riggs, who played for four Major League affiliates, tutored both California League Player of the Year Kent Matthes and Cal League RBI leader Nolan Arenado in 2011. Additionally, he tutored South Atlantic League MVP Jordan Pacheco as well as SAL?batting champion Kiel Roling to breakout 2009 campaigns in his initial season with the Tourists. Prior to his position with Asheville, Riggs was the hitting coach of the Casper Ghosts for 2007-08. Riggs spent nine years playing professional baseball prior to joining the Rockies organization, playing with four different Major League affiliates, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians.
Stone, 32, will join the Modesto Nuts as hitting coach after holding the same position with the Rockies Rookie Level squad for the past three seasons. Stone will enter his sixth year in the Rockies organization. He spent the 2007-08 seasons as assistant to manager Jerry Weinstein of the High-A Modesto Nuts. Stone played six years of professional baseball, originally selected by the San Diego Padres in the 39th round of the 1998 June Draft. He also played college baseball at Sacramento City College and was the starting catcher on consecutive California State Junior College Championship teams.
The Rockies have also hired former fielding coach in the Baltimore organization Mike Devereaux as the Asheville hitting coach and former University of Akron assistant coach Drew Saylor as the Grand Junction hitting coach.
Devereaux, 48, enters his first season with the Rockies organization after spending the past two seasons in the Baltimore Orioles system. Devereaux spent the 2011 season as the field coach for Single-A Frederick after spending 2010 as field coach at Delmarva in his first season as a professional coach. Devereaux played 12 seasons in the big leagues with Baltimore, Los Angeles (NL), Chicago (AL), Atlanta and Texas. He finished seventh in the MVP balloting in 1992 for the Orioles as he batted .276 with 24 homers and 107 RBI. Was also the MVP of the 1995 NLCS for Atlanta as he batted .308 with a homer and five RBI. He was originally selected in the fifth round of the 1985 June draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Saylor, 27, enters his first season with the Rockies organization, and his first as a coach with a Major League organization. Saylor was a member of the University of Akron baseball staff as an assistant coach in 2011 and spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as an assistant coach with Cleveland State University. Prior to coaching, Saylor played primarily second base for five seasons in the Minor Leagues with the Astros and Marlins organizations. The Wadsworth, OH native was originally selected in the 13th round of the 2006 Draft by the Marlins out of Kent State University. Saylor played his first three seasons collegiately at the University of Cincinnati before transferring to Kent State, where in his senior season he earned First-Team All-Mid Atlantic Conference and was a First-Team All-American by Louisville Slugger.
In October, the Rockies announced that former High-A Modesto Nuts Manager Jerry Weinstein will be added to the Major League staff to serve as the Major League catching coach and former Major League catching coach Marv Foley will return to his previous position as Minor League catching coordinator. The Rockies also announced a managerial change in former Asheville hitting coach Lenn Sakata becoming the manager of Modesto and lastly that former pitching coordinator Bo McLaughlin will serve as the Colorado Springs pitching coach while former Colorado Springs pitching coach Doug Linton will take on the role of pitching coordinator.