Jeff Luhnow was named the 12th general manager in Astros franchise history on December 7, 2011. Since that date, he has been active in shaping the organization both on and off the field. In his first year, the club made nine trades involving Major League players and received 24 players in return, spanning the entire system from rookie ball to the Major Leagues. Players received in these trades include Jed Lowrie, Matt Dominguez and Tyler Greene, all of whom contributed on the field in 2012, and Alex White and John Ely, both of whom figure to compete for rotation spots in 2013. Other prospects acquired in these trades include Asher Wojciechowski, Robbie Grossman, Carlos Perez and Marc Krauss.
Jeff was also active in using the waiver wire and Rule 5 Draft to bring talented players into the organization. Rhiner Cruz and Marwin Gonzalez both stuck with the team and contributed in 2012, and Josh Fields and Nate Freiman will have a chance to do the same in 2013. Justin Maxwell, Fernando Martinez and Hector Ambriz were all valuable waiver claims that contributed in 2012, and Sam Demel, Jake Elmore, Phil Humber, Brandon Laird and Che-Hsuan Lin aim to participate in 2013. Most recently, Jeff acquired three talented, young players just prior to Spring Training, receiving power-hitting 1B/OF Chris Carter, top pitching prospect Brad Peacock and top catching prospect Max Stassi from Oakland.
The 2012 Amateur Draft was another important vehicle for talent acquisition during Jeff's first year on the job. The Astros' selections yielded four of Baseball America's top 10 prospects - Carlos Correa, Lance McCullers, Rio Ruiz and Nolan Fontana.
During Jeff's first year, the club's minor league system experienced a dramatic turnaround, evidenced by the records of the seven domestic affiliates who managed the highest winning percentages among all 30 MLB organizations. Three of the Astros' minor league teams reached the postseason, two reached the championship series and one emerged as champion - the Lancaster Jethawks of the California League. In 2010-11, the Astros minor league clubs had the worst combined winning pct. in baseball.
Prior to joining the Astros, Jeff spent eight years with the St. Louis Cardinals as vice president of baseball development (2003-2005), vice president of player procurement (2005), and vice president of scouting and player development (2006-2011). During much of his time with the Cardinals, he oversaw the scouting, international, and player development functions of the club that brought in many players that were instrumental to the 2011 World Series victory and the 2012 NLCS team.
Prior to joining the Cardinals, Jeff founded Archetype Solutions, where he served as president and COO. His background also includes stints as general manager and vice president of marketing at Petstore.com, and five years with the global management consulting firm of McKinsey and Company.
Jeff is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in economics and engineering. He also earned his MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Jeff is a U.S. citizen, but was born and spent more than 15 years in Mexico City, Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish.
He and his wife, Gina, reside in Houston. Jeff has two children, Elizabeth and Jeffrey.
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