Perry Minassian, assistant general manager with the Atlanta Braves, is the new GM of the Los Angeles Angels, a source confirmed to ESPN on Thursday.
Minassian, who will replace Billy Appler, was among the five candidates who advanced to the second round of interviews this week and were seen as the clear front-runners until Wednesday night.
Minassian, 40, comes from a deep-rooted baseball family and has spent more than three-quarters of his life in the big leagues, beginning as a bat boy for the Texas Rangers when he was 8 years old. Minassian, whose father, Jack, was the Rangers’ longest-serving clubhouse manager, worked as a Bat Boy and a clubhouse attendant for 15 years, then the next six years as an advanced scout and former Rangers Buck Buck Spent as an assistant for Sholder.
From there, Minassian spent nine seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, six of which came as the director of pro scouting. In the final two years of that race, from 2015 to 2016, the Blue Jayes made back-to-back trips to the American League Championship Series.
Minassian was initially hired as a top aide to former Braves GM John Coppola in September 2017, as Coppola was forced to resign amid violations of the rules in the international market. When Alex Anthopoulos took over as the new president of baseball operations, his first assignment was to elevate Minusian to vice president of baseball operations and assistant GM. Minassian spent the next three seasons working with Anthopoulos, his former boss with Blue Jayce, helping the Braves become a young contender with an abundance of young talent.
Along with Engels, Minasian is expected to raise a scouting department that was specifically killed by Furlow, an industry source told ESPN’s Kelly McDaniel.
Seattle Mariners assistant GM Justin Hollander, Chicago Cubs senior vice president Jason McLeod and Arizona Diamondbacks assistant GM Jared Porter and Emile Savade joined the Minusian to lead in second-round interviews for the Angels’ GM vacancy. The initial wave included about 20 applicants, including former GMs such as Michael Hill, Dan Jennings, Bobby Evans and Reuben Amaro Jr. During this process, Engels talked to longtime scouting director Eddie Bain and long broadcaster Victor Rojas.
Engels, who fired Appler after a five-year run as GM at the end of the 2020 season, has qualified for the postseason only once since 2009, and his age with Mike Trout in the 29th season We are trying to get closer.
Minassian, whose hiring was previously reported by Athletic, has one brother, Calvin, who is the club coordinator for the Washington Nationals, and another brother, Jack Jr., who is the scouting director for San Francisco St.