D-backs name Ladnier as new scouting director

The D-backs have a new scouting director in Deric Ladnier, the club announced Friday.

Ladnier, 50, will enter his 25th season in scouting and player development and comes over from the Nationals organization, where he had worked since 2008. Ladnier was scouting director for the Royals for eight years from 2000-08 and was with the Braves from 1991-2000.

"We're really excited to bring Deric on board," new senior vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson said. "He has tremendous history with the players we just recently saw in the World Series with the Royals, tremendous leadership skills. I just think he's going to be a really good fit with the group of guys that I've met thus far in our organization."

Ladnier has a strong track record in the Draft. During his tenure in Kansas City, he drafted right-hander Zack Greinke, who later went on to win the 2009 American League Cy Young Award. The 2014 AL champion Royals had a number of players drafted by Ladnier, including Eric Hosmer, Greg Holland, Billy Butler, Mike Moustakas, Luke Hochevar, Danny Duffy and Jarrod Dyson.

The selection of a scouting director to replace Ray Montgomery, who left to rejoin the Brewers organization, took on added significance with the D-backs having the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.

"Experience wasn't the key factor in our decision-making process," said Watson, who was a Minor League teammate of Ladnier. "But I think it does help you when you're picking No. 1, he's picked No. 1 before, he's picked in the top five quite a few times. So I think it helps to understand the pressures that go along with making such a big decision for us organization. We have one shot at getting the right guy. We want to make sure we're getting the right guy."

Ladnier began his scouting career with Atlanta in 1991 as an area supervisor and rose through the ranks of the organization over 10 years, holding positions as director of Minor League operations, regional supervisor and assistant director of scouting and player development. During that time, the Braves were recognized by Baseball America as having a top six Minor League system.

Ladnier was the Royals' eighth-round pick in the 1985 Draft out of the University of Mississippi.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.