All told, the Padres have received 22 quality starts this season from pitchers who weren't even with the organization in February -- Jason Marquis (eight quality starts), Eric Stults (five), Ross Ohlendorf (four), Kip Wells (three) and Andrew Werner (two).
Werner is the lone member of the group who was actually in the organization during Spring Training, yet he reported with the Minor League players in March. He never pitched in a Cactus League game and his manager, Bud Black, never saw him pitch once.
"Our scouts, our player development people, the people who touched these careers, played a pivotal role in stabilizing things and having options for Buddy [Black] to use up here in the big leagues," Hinch said.
Hinch credited the Padres player development staff, especially vice president of player development and international scouting Randy Smith, as well as the organization's professional scouts, for finding guys like Marquis, Stults and the others.
Hinch, who oversees the Padres' professional scouts, was instrumental in adding to the staff. In fact, he added eight new hires shortly after joining the Padres in the fall of 2010. Professional scouts include Jeff Pickler, Chris Young, Kevin Jarvis, Scott Bream, Chris Bourjos, Mike Venafro, Jim Elliott, John Vander Wal, Jeffrey Hammonds, Joe Bochy, Mark Merila, Ray Crone and Al Hargesheimer.
"It's an accumulative effort, it takes a lot of effort and time, whether it's your player development staff working on Tom Layne's cutter or your scouting staff whose in Charlotte or Chicago looking at Eric Stults ... you never know when those adjustments will be needed or when those opinions will be needed," Hinch said.