- A.J. Hinch enters his second full season as vice president/assistant general manager. He was promoted to the role in September 2011, one year after joining the Padres as vice president, professional scouting. In his capacity, Hinch oversees all aspects of the professional scouting and medical departments, while assisting Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes with determining the Major League club's roster composition, player acquisitions, talent evaluations and contract negotiations.
- Prior to joining the Padres, Hinch served as the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks over parts of two seasons. He was named the fifth manager in D-backs history on May 8, 2009, guiding the team to a 58-75 finish. At 34 years and 357 days old, he was one of the youngest managers in Major League history. Prior to being named manager, Hinch spent more than three seasons overseeing all aspects of the D-backs' minor league system as director, player development before being promoted to vice president, player development early in 2009.
- Originally selected by the Oakland Athletics in the third-round of the 1996 First-Year Player Draft, the former catcher played parts of seven Major League seasons with the Athletics (1998-2000), Kansas City Royals (2001-02), Detroit Tigers (2003) and Philadelphia Phillies (2004). Over 350 career Major League games, he hit .219 with 32 home runs, 112 RBI and 104 runs scored, while compiling a fielding percentage of .987 in 338 games as catcher.
- Born in Waverly, Iowa, Hinch grew up in Midwest City, Okla., before graduating from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Drafted three times before signing his first professional contract, he was also a member of the Bronze medal-winning 1996 US Olympic Baseball Team. Hinch currently resides in La Jolla with his wife, Erin, and daughters, Haley and Kaitlin.