Source: Zinter named Padres' hitting coach

Source: Zinter named Padres' hitting coach

SAN DIEGO -- New Padres manager Andy Green continues to make progress with his coaching staff, as the team has hired Alan Zinter as its new hitting coach, a source said on Monday.

The team hasn't officially announced the hire.

Zinter spent last season as the assistant hitting coach of the Astros. He and Green played together for the D-backs in 2004, and Zinter was a hitting coach from 2008-11 with Arizona.

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Zinter takes over for Mark Kotsay, who last week joined the A's as bench coach.

Zinter, 47, spent three seasons (2012-14) as the Indians' Minor League hitting coordinator after his stint in Arizona.

He comes to the Padres with a reputation as having a good rapport with players and someone who doesn't overcomplicate things in terms of hitting or preparation. He thinks more approach than mechanics, and preaches discipline of the strike zone.

If nothing else, Zinter certainly understands the value of perseverance.

Zinter was the 24th overall Draft pick of the Mets in 1989 out of the University of Arizona. He spent 18 seasons in the Minor Leagues and played in Japan in 1999.

He made headlines in 2002 when he got his first big league at-bat with the Astros after spending 14 years in the Minor Leagues. He later hit his first big league home run in his 4,706th professional at-bat.

To date, though the Padres haven't made any announcements, the team has kept longtime pitching coach Darren Balsley and third-base coach Glenn Hoffman. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported over the weekend that former Padres pitcher Doug Bochtler will be the new bullpen coach.

The team has yet to hire a bench coach or a first-base coach. It's assumed Zinter will hire an assistant hitting coach, but nothing has developed on that front as of yet.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.