Who runs the Diamondbacks? The Front Office explained
By Jake Oliver
Baseball Operations for the Diamondbacks
Vice President Research and Development Mike Fitzgerald :
Mike has been with the team for a while, rising through the ranks to his current role. He is in charge of all the analytics and data that help the Diamondbacks’ players get ready for their game. Mike has helped lead the Dbacks to become more analytically driven and engage the technological side of baseball. He also covers the Minor Leagues and reports directly to Mike Hazen.
Special Asst. to GM Burke Badenhop:
A former relief pitcher in the MLB, Burke works under Hazen. He helps in multiple facets whether it is scouting, analytics, coaching, or any other task that Hazen asks. Burke also is a journalist in his free time, having written for MLB Trade Rumors.
Pitching Strategist Dan Haren:
Yes, the Dan Haren of Twitter , and former Ace of the Diamondbacks, works for the team. He has worked for the team since he retired from the MLB. He focuses on preparing pitching game-plans for all the pitchers on the MLB team each game. He works closely mentoring and helping them. Dan is a former All-Star pitcher and fan favorite of the team. He has a baseball field named after him.
Director of Player Development Josh Barfield:
Josh Barfield is a former MLB player who now works as the man in charge of developing our players. He started as a scout with the team before rising to where he is now. His main task to make sure that our Minor League teams are doing well in coaching our players. Josh helps Hazen and Fitzgerald decide when to promote or demote a player. He aides in helping figure out how to fix a current issue that a player has. Josh is crucial to our future as a team. So far, he’s doing a good job getting the next wave of Diamondbacks ready to win.
Director of Amateur Scouting Deric Ladnier:
This man is one of the most important people in the Diamondbacks organization. He’s who ultimately has the biggest voice next to Mike Hazen on who to draft each year in the MLB Rookie Draft. He’s a former MLB player. He also directs the scouts who to scout. He reviews their reports and is instrumental in making sure we draft good players. Players that will represent the Dbacks well now and on the MLB level. He has been with the Dbacks since 2014. Deric was instrumental in getting Jordan Lawlar in this past draft. He’s close friends with Zack Greinke too and Greinke if you’re reading this, please come back to Arizona in off-season. Mike Hazen, please make it happen or at least hire Greinke when he retires.
There’s so many more Diamondbacks executives that contribute to the best team. They are behind the scenes, the relative unknowns, and the ones that allow our team to play. We have some of the best people in the industry. I apologize if I missed one of you but know I appreciate you!
Til next time Dbacks fans,
May the Force be with You…