Mike Elias joined the Astros in January, 2012 as a special assistant to General Manager Jeff Luhnow and was named director of amateur scouting on August 11, 2012. In his new role, he leads Houston's amateur scouting efforts after spending the last year contributing across multiple aspects of baseball operations, including the evaluation of talent for the amateur draft, trades, international free agency, and the Astros' farm system. During this time, the Astros bolstered their farm system by adding 16 minor leaguers via trade and were rated as having the best 2012 draft in MLB by Baseball America.
Mike, 30, began his scouting career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007 as an area scout, and was later promoted to manager of amateur scouting with crosschecking responsibilities in September of 2010.
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.