Assistant General Manager, Scouting and Player Development
Mike Elias joined the Astros in January 2012 and was named the Assistant General Manager in August of 2016. In his role, he oversees the Astros amateur scouting department and provides leadership and oversight to the Astros player development department.
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 have helped to rapidly elevate the Astros’ talent pipeline to one of the best in baseball and furnished key pieces that contributed to the club’s ALDS berth in 2015.
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 was named the year's best by Baseball America. Since Mike's arrival in 2012, the Astros have selected a total of 10 players that have debuted in the Majors, including Correa, Lance McCullers, Alex Bregman and Preston Tucker.
Elias began his career as an area scout with 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 the baseball’s top farm systems.
Mike is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a left-handed pitcher on the varsity baseball team, earning four letters. He and his wife, Alexandra, reside in Houston.
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