COACHING CAREER: Jeff Salazar begins his third season as the assistant hitting coach for the Rockies, the first assistant hitting coach in franchise history ... Spent two seasons (2015-16) as the hitting coach for Double-A Hartford, his first coaching stint with a Major League organization ... Prior to joining the professional coaching ranks, Salazar served as a hitting coach at Santa Barbara (Calif.) High School, while also starting a club baseball program for middle school, high school and collegiate players.
PLAYING CAREER: Salazar was selected by Colorado in the eighth round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft out of Oklahoma State University ... He was named the Rockies Organizational Player of the Year in 2003 after he led the Minor Leagues in runs scored … also led the Minors in runs scored in 2004 ... Made his Major League debut on Sept. 7, 2006 for the Rockies vs. Washington ... Played a total of 168 games in parts of four Major League seasons with Colorado (2006), Arizona (2007-08) and Pittsburgh (2009) ... His last Minor League season came in 2012 with Triple-A Durham in the Tampa Bay organization.
PERSONAL: Jeff Salazar resides in Scottsdale, Ariz., during the offseason with his wife Adrianna ... Attended Putnam City High School in his hometown of Oklahoma City … went on to attend Connors State College in Warner, Okla., before transferring to Oklahoma State.