With Alex Anthopoulos’ right hand man, Dana Brown, taking the General Manager position for the Houston Astros, the Braves were in search of a replacement, and it looks like they’ve found him. Robert Murray is reporting the team is hiring Dean Decillis as a Special Assistant to the General Manager.
Sources: The Atlanta Braves are hiring Dean Decillis as special assistant to the general manager. Decillis was a special assignment scout with the Blue Jays and played a key role in scouting Alejandro Kirk, among other players.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) February 2, 2023
As the tweet states, Decillis was a special assignment scout for the Blue Jays prior to this promotion, where he helped build one of the most talented young cores in the majors. Toronto’s group of talented youth is one of the few that can rival that of the Braves. Dean Decillis is set to become a critical piece in helping the current front office rebuild the farm system, which is among the weakest in the league.
Keith Law of The Athletic recently ranked the Braves system 29th out of 30 teams.
The only team without a player on my top 100 this year, although that can’t be too surprising after Atlanta sent most of its farm system to Oakland in trades for Matt Olson and Sean Murphy. They do have some pitching coming in the long term and a little in the short term, but they’re very light on position players. They did go for ceiling in a huge way in the 2022 draft, taking three high school arms with their first three picks, and they finally got back into the international free agent market in 2022 when the 2017 penalties expired.
The good news is the Braves have plenty of time to rebuild their farm system. Almost the entire core of their team is locked up for 5+ years. By the time those guys are up for contact extensions, the Braves could once again have one of the better systems in baseball, and Decillis will be key in making that happen.
Welcome to Braves Country, Dean Decillis!
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