Confirming my report from two weeks ago, the Padres announced today that they've hired A.J. Hinch, the former Diamondbacks manager, as director of pro scouting. He also gets a vice-presidency title, which presumably means extra salary, but he'll also draw salary from the D'backs. I'm told that Hinch has never been a scout at any level, so it seems odd to put him in charge of scouts. Just a guess here, but this may be a place-holder position for Hinch, who has the backing of Padres CEO Jeff Moorad. The two worked together with D'backs. Call me Oliver Stone, but I think one reason that Josh Byrnes hired Hinch as manager two years ago was to pre-emptively thwart Moorad from bringing him to the Padres as a GM. Certainly it was an odd hiring. Hinch had never coached at any level, let alone managed. In addition, Byrnes gave him a four-year, guaranteed contract, which is lengthy for rookie managers and even many veteran managers. The move fizzled. Arizona was 34 games under .500 when Byrnes and Hinch were fired on July 1. By the way, in no way am I implying here that Hinch will become a GM candidate with the Padres. But, given Moorad's support for him dating to their time in Arizona, when Hinch was the farm director, he'll likely be a significant person in baseball operations. A former major league catcher and a Stanford man, Hinch should both call a good game and talk a good game.
Ludwick's trip -- Ryan Ludwick has four multi-hit games over the current road trip, going 10-for-26 (.385) with one home run, five RBI, two runs scored and four walks since Sept. 13. He has a .467 OBP and a .500 slug rate in that span.