August 16, 2012

Former Bulldog Elias Named Houston Astros Scouting Director

HOUSTON, TEXAS  — Mike Elias, a 2006 graduate of Yale University, and a four-year letter winner as a pitcher on the Yale baseball team, was named the new scouting director of the Houston Astros on Aug. 11.

According to the Astros' press release, in his newly-appointed role, Elias, 29, will oversee amateur scouting and the draft. Elias joined the Astros in January as a special assistant to the general manager/scouting. Prior to joining Houston, Elias had been in the Cardinals organization since 2007 where he served as a scout before being promoted to manager of amateur scouting, which was a role that included crosschecking responsibilities.

"Mike has a keen eye for talent and a unique ability to blend scouting opinions with other valuable information like the players' makeup, performance history or medical risk," General Manager Jeff Luhnow commented. "I've worked with Mike for many years now and believe his leadership and evaluation skills will help us maximize the output of our drafts for years to come."

Over the past several seasons, Elias has scouted domestically and internationally at both the amateur and professional levels. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a left-handed pitcher on the varsity baseball team, earning four letters.

In his four seasons on the mound for the Bulldogs, Elias was a combined 9-10 with a 5.15 earned run average in 44 career appearances (22 starts).

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