Allen's educational process has been expanded to include the Arizona Fall League, where the D-backs hope he can get more at-bats and work on getting back to his regular approach.
"He's there to work on his offense," Hinch said. "He's fine around first base. He needs to get his swing back to normal. He doesn't need to panic so much with two strikes."
Allen had struck out 38 times in 99 at-bats, but he also had seven doubles, four home runs and 14 RBIs entering Wednesday night's game against the Giants.
Those numbers would translate to roughly 150 strikeouts, 40 doubles, 25 home runs and 75 RBIs over a full season. Numbers any manager would take from a rookie.
"It's an adjustment," Allen said. "You need to get comfortable over the course of a full season. All in all, it's been a great opportunity."
The AFL is designed to encourage top prospects to further their development in a relaxed atmosphere. Allen may feel a little pressure since Hinch lives and works in Arizona and said he was going to take in a few games this fall.
"Nah, I'm going to have fun," Allen said. "I don't know what to expect, but I am looking forward to it. The sky is the limit."
Allen figured he'd end the season in Charlotte, the White Sox Triple-A affiliate. He'd been in the organization since being drafted out of high school in 2004.
He heated up in Reno, the D-backs' Triple-A club, hitting .324, 60 points higher than his six-year Minor League totals.
"He was no secret to us," said Hinch, who helped craft the trade that brought the 23-year-old to the D-backs.
Allen admits to being a little bit star-struck, but when it comes to playing, it's the same game for him.
"Here I am, standing in the same locker room as Doug Davis and Dan Haren," Allen said. "Across the field there's Randy Winn. I've watched these guys play all these years. It's still nerve-wracking. On the field, it's crunch time."