05/29/10 8:32 PM ET
Jackson drops down in D-backs' lineup
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
Jackson, who has primarily hit first or second, found himself in the No. 7 spot in the lineup against Giants lefty Jonathan Sanchez.
Jackson is just 1-for-14 so far on the team's road trip and is hitting just .227 with no homers and seven RBIs this year. Usually even when he's not hot at the plate, Jackson still draws walks, but lately he has not been doing that and his on-base percentage has fallen to .309.
To Hinch, it looks like Jackson is pressing.
"He hasn't looked the same for the last couple of series," Hinch said. "He's swinging out of the zone a little more often, swinging and missing a little more often, not drawing walks, not getting as many hits. It tends to weigh on a guy. He's hit a lot of balls in the air, too. He's probably putting a little extra into his swing and trying to get too much out of himself. Maybe down in the order he'll take a deep breath and relax a little bit."
One of the reasons Jackson remained in Saturday's lineup was his success against Sanchez. Jackson came into the game 9-for-20 with a double and two homers against the lefty in his career.
Hinch losing sleep over D-backs' woes
SAN FRANCISCO -- Even with his team struggling for the second year in a row, the ballpark is a refuge for D-backs manager A.J. Hinch.
Sleep on the other hand, not so much.
"I probably stay up later; it probably keeps me up at night more than change my daily routine," Hinch said.
Named manager May 8, 2009, Hinch entered Saturday's game with a 78-104 record.
"I feel responsible," Hinch said. "I'm obviously not doing well myself either. My job is to get the most out of these guys and push them. I'm pounding my head against the wall trying to find solutions. We can identify a lot of areas where we can get better, but actions speak louder than words.
The D-backs had dropped five straight after losing Friday's opening game of the series, and it clearly is starting to take a toll on Hinch.
"It's not a fun rut to be in and it's not one I feel like we should be in," he said. "I'm certainly as responsible as the next man to help get us out of that. It's frustrating. The hope is that you show up on a daily basis with a new, kind of fresh spirit. It doesn't do any good to come with a bad idea or a pessimistic attitude."
D-backs set for serious Draft prep
SAN FRANCISCO -- D-backs scouts will begin internal meetings Monday at Chase Field to discuss the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, which will take place June 7-9.
Because he is taking his charges away from their families on Memorial Day, Arizona scouting director Tom Allison is hosting a barbecue at his house Sunday to kick the meetings off.
The D-backs hold the No. 6 overall pick, and it appears they are leaning toward taking a pitcher with it after restocking their system with a plethora of position players last year.
Mock drafts have linked them to Mississippi left-hander Drew Pomeranz and Georgia Tech right-hander Deck McGuire. Over the last few days, Allison has seen both pitchers in person at the SEC and ACC tournaments.
The consensus No. 1 overall pick appears to catcher Bryce Harper.
"Outside of Harper, I think it's wide open," Allison said.
Last year, the D-backs had eight of the first 95 picks and took high school infielder Bobby Borchering (No. 16) and Notre Dame center fielder A.J. Pollock (No. 17) in the first round.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.