More From Ladnier
Deric Ladnier spoke with a few media members today via conference call; the connection was kind of grainy (1), so I'm going to paraphrase the main points that came out in the conversation.
* Ladnier drew a parallel between his old organization (Kansas City) and his new one. Both are organizations that are growing with scouting and player development, he said.
* He'll be working directly under GM Jim Bowden, assistant GM Mike Rizzo and scouting director Dana Brown. Especially with two top-10 picks coming up in 2009's amateur draft, this is an exciting year. "At the end of the day it'll be Jim, Mike and Dana making those [drafting] decisions," Ladnier said, but he simply hopes to inform and advise them.
* On his time in Atlanta, and his connection with Stan Kasten: "I knew Stan from the past, no question about that. But to say I worked directly with Stan was not true. He was the president of club, and I was head of minor league operations. But his leadership was instrumental in that organization, and the one thing I remembered about Stan, he allowed people to do their jobs and guide accordingly."
* Ladnier believes that his scouting philosophy is very similar to Dana Brown's. Both of them like athletes -- "athletes that have skills." Ladnier said, "Every team has different ways of looking at players, but I know from the outside looking in, Dana's way of looking at players is similar to mine."
* Asked about the challenge of having two picks in the first round, Ladnier admitted that the burden was "enormous."
"I went through many years with the Royals selecting high in the draft, and sometimes, quite honestly, it can be difficult with the pressure that comes with having a high selection. You have to be correct. You saw David Price pitching in the championship game last night. Those players should impact your organization, and sooner than later." The financial investment a team makes in such high selections, Ladnier said, adds to the importance.
* As for getting fired from KC... Ladnier said he has no hard feelings. He "thinks the world" of GM Dayton Moore. "His job is to do what he feels like is in the best interest of the organization, and at end of game, he felt like making a change was necessary. You realize in this game that change happens. I have no hard feelings. The Royals have been tremendous to me. I think it's a great organization. I think they're headed in the right direction. Decisions get made, and life goes on; it's provided me a chance to be with this organization, and I'm excited about it."
(1) It's also possible that the telephone connection was just fine, and that I have eaten so much candy corn today that the sugar coursing through my bloodstream has impaired all bodily function, including hearing ability. Ahh -- gotta love October candy season.
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