Perry Minasian, the Atlanta Braves Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations, and Assistant General Manager is the new General Manager of the Angels. He will be the fourth General Manager hired by Arte Moreno, the third to have not previously served as a General Manager for a Major League organization.
Perry Minasian is the Angels’ new general manager, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 12, 2020
Minasian is a baseball lifer. His father was a clubhouse manager for the Texas Rangers and he began his scouting career at the age of 22. He spent nine years in various scouting duties for the Toronto Blue Jays before joining the Braves front office in 2017.
Not long after he joined the Braves, the organization was rocked by a signing bonus scandal and then GM John Coppollella was fired. Former Blue Jays President Alex Anthopuolos took the reigns in Atlanta and promoted his former scout to Assistant General Manager.
Perry now gets to run his own show for the first time. His imprints are all over both Toronto and Atlanta and the Angels farm system definitely needs help. Both the Blue Jays and Braves feature young, cost controlled talent up and down the lineup. That type of talent influx along with Arte’s willingness to spend could make the Angels into a juggernaut.
Minasian himself earns rave reviews among baseball communities, as an excellent communicator and evaluator. Let’s see if he can live up to that.
. #Angels name Perry Minasian as new GM 1st reported by @Ken_Rosenthal: “Scouting report on Minasian: “Outstanding w/people. Excellent communicator. Connects w/ Players,coaches,front office,old school scouts.Natural leader.Stud evaluator.(he’s done Amateur, International & Pro)”— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) November 12, 2020
The assignment is clear: get Mike Trout to October on a regular basis. Doing so will require an influx of talent on all levels and convincing Arte to invest in scouting and development. Unbelievably, Trout enters his 29 season this year so there is extreme urgency.