Assistant General Manager, Scouting and Player Development
Mike Elias enters his third season as Assistant General Manager, a position in which he leads both the club’s domestic and international scouting efforts. Now in his 13th season in Major League Baseball, Elias has been instrumental in assembling the Astros’ roster and building its top-ranked farm system since he joined the club in January of 2012.
As the club’s scouting director, Elias served as one of the major contributors to the accumulation of young talent that has occurred during General Manager Jeff Luhnow’s tenure. His involvement and leadership in the organization’s amateur draft efforts helped to rapidly elevate the Astros’ talent pipeline to one of the best in baseball and furnished key pieces that contributed to the organization’s 2017 World Series Championship.
In 2012, as Special Assistant to the GM - Scouting, Mike was a driving force behind the decision to select Carlos Correa with the first overall pick, and helped assemble a draft class that has produced nine Major League players thus far. Under Elias’ direction, Astros drafts from 2013-2017 have already graduated an additional thirteen MLB players, including Alex Bregman, and yielded some of the current top prospects in baseball. Since 2012 the Astros have drafted more MLB players than any other team.
In August of 2016, Elias was promoted to Assistant General Manager and added oversight of player development and minor league operations to his responsibilities that year.
Mike, 36, began his career as a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007, and was promoted to Manager of Amateur Scouting in 2010. While with the Cardinals, he signed and scouted several Major League players and contributed to the development of a scouting department and draft process that supported one of baseball’s top farm systems.
He is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a left-handed pitcher on the baseball team, earning four letters. He and his wife, Alexandra, reside in Houston with their daughter, Evelyn.
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