Yesterday, Dayton Moore announced that he had removed Deric Ladnier as the senior scouting director and he moved J.J. Picollo over the First-Year Player Draft, which means Picollo is now the head of both the scouting and the player development departments. Ladnier has been offered another job in the organization and it sounds like he'll accept it.
Moore said that his decision was based on who he wanted to see running the draft and in his mind, Picollo was the person he wanted in that position. If you look at how thin the Royals are in Major League talent right now, even though they've had high draft choices ever since Ladnier joined the Royals in 2000, then it's easy to see why Moore went in another direction.
Craig Brown over at Royals Authority broke down the Royals' draft choices by year going back to 2001. Check it out if you get a chance.