The Braves are expected to announce two significant front-office hirings Wednesday including assistant general manager Adam Fisher, a longtime Mets official who will serve as Braves general manager John Coppolella’s right-hand man, handling administrative duties in the front office as well as having input in baseball decisions.
Perry Minasian, a former Blue Jays pro scouting director who was promoted to special assistant last year, has been hired by the Braves as director of player personnel, a new title for the team with duties that have previously been shared by other officials.
Billy Ryan, who is in his third year with the Braves as director of baseball operations, will remain with the team, but have a different role in baseball operations.
The Braves believe that Minasian, who’s from a colorful baseball family – his dad, Zack, was a longtime Rangers equipment manager; his younger brother, also named Zack, is a Blue Jays scouting official – will help the organization acquire players through his knowledge and connections.
Fisher and Minasian are in their late 30s, as is Coppolella, who’s known Minasian for about a decade and Fisher even longer.
Fisher, a 2001 Harvard graduate, joined the Mets’ front office as a baseball operations assistant in 2004, when Coppolella was a few years into his fledgling career in the Yankees’ front office. Fisher eventually became Mets manager of baseball operations and was promoted to director of baseball operations in 2013.
In addition to administrative duties and input in baseball decisions, the Braves plan for Fisher to help expand their analytics department.