Colorado Rockies announce Triple-A Albuquerque coaching staff

January 18th, 2022

DENVER – The Colorado Rockies announced today the coaching staff for the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes. Manager Warren Schaeffer, in his ninth year with the Rockies and second as manager of Albuquerque, will be joined by Bench Coach Pedro Lopez, Pitching Coach Frank Gonzales and Hitting Coach Jordan Pacheco.

Schaeffer returns to Albuquerque for the second straight season, his ninth season as a coach in the Rockies organization. He was originally named the Albuquerque manager prior to the canceled 2020 Minor League season. Prior to joining the Isotopes, Schaeffer previously served as the manager at Double-A Hartford for two seasons (2018-19) and spent three seasons as Low-A Asheville’s manager from 2015-17. His first stint as a coach came as a hitting coach with Short-Season Tri-City from 2013-14 after spending six seasons as a Minor League infielder in the Rockies organization. He was originally drafted by the Rockies in the 38th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Virginia Tech University.

Lopez transitions from Albuquerque’s hitting coach to the club’s bench coach in his third season in the Rockies organization. He originally joined the Rockies prior to the canceled 2020 season. Previously, Lopez spent 12 seasons with the Mets organization where he served many different roles, most recently as the manager of Low-A Columbia. The Vega Baja, Puerto Rico native began his coaching career as a manager and coach in the Texas Rangers’ system from 2000-07 after a 13-year professional playing career with the Padres, Brewers and Astros organizations.

Gonzales enters his 10th year with the Rockies organization, his first as the Isotopes pitching coach. His time in the Rockies organization includes stints as the pitching coach with Double-A Hartford (2021), the supervisor of development at High-A Lancaster (2018-19), the manager of Rookie Level Grand Junction (2016-17), the manager at Short-Season Boise (2015) and as the pitching coach at Short-Season Tri-City (2013-14). Prior to joining the Rockies, Gonzales served as the head baseball coach at Fort Collins (Colo.) High School for four years (2009-12) after coaching Colorado State University’s club baseball team from 1999-2005. The La Junta, Colo., native spent the majority of his professional playing career with the Detroit Tigers organization.

Pacheco begins his professional coaching career as the Isotopes’ hitting coach. The Albuquerque native and graduate of the University of New Mexico joins the Isotopes after a 14-year professional player career, including Major League stints with Colorado (2011-14), Arizona (2014-15) and Cincinnati (2016). He retired from playing professionally following the 2021 season after hitting .370 in 39 games with the independent Lexington Legends in the Atlantic League. Originally selected by Colorado in the ninth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Pacheco appeared in 270 games with the Rockies across parts of four seasons (2011-14). In 2012, the catcher and infielder appeared in 132 games for the Rockies, hitting .309 (147-for-475) with 32 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 54 RBI.