Assistant GM Andrew Tinnish has left the Blue Jays to accept a promotion with Atlanta, according to a Braves’ press release.
The Nepean, ON native, and Brock University Grad joined the Jays in 2001. He worked his way up the scouting ranks from Assistant Scouting Director in 2006 to Director of Amateur Scouting in 2009. In 2012, Tinnish was named Assistant General Manager, with responsibility for the club’s international scouting and development programs.
During his time with the team, he oversaw the drafting of players such as Aaron Sanchez, Noah Syndergaard, Kevin Pillar, Marcus Stroman, Daniel Norris, Joe Musgrove, and Anthony DeSclafani. He also was involved in the recruitment and signing of Franklin Barreto, Richard Urena, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Tinnish was a major part of the Blue Jays’ efforts to sign Japanese star Shohei Otani, and travelled to Japan several times to scout him.
The Blue Jays Dominican complex has been under a cloud of controversy, as three more players based there tested positive for PEDs, bringing the total to an MLB-leading 7 since September.
Tinnish reunites with Anthopoulos, who served as the Blue Jays GM from 2009-15, and was most recently with the Dodgers. Montreal native Anthopoulos has hired last week to be the Braves’ new GM and Executive VP. Anthopoulos worked for the Expos prior to joining the Blue Jays in 2003 as their Scouting Director. Tinnish takes on the title of VP of Amateur and International Scouting with the Braves, meaning that his role will likely be similar to what it was with the Jays. Atlanta, of course, is under a cloud of its own in the wake of sanctions by MLB for improprieties in the signing of international players, which cost the Braves 12 of their top IFAs from last year.
There is no word yet from the Blue Jays as to Tinnish’s replacement.