Director of Professional Scouting
Fred Nelson has been in the Astros organization since 1985, where he has served in a variety of roles. He was named to his current position of director of player development in September of 2010 and now oversees all players with the club's eight minor league affiliates. He had spent the previous four seasons as the Astros director of professional scouting.
Fred's long, productive tenure with the Astros has included stints as director of minor league operations, special assistant to the general manager, Major League and professional scout, and also as an advance scout (2000-04). Fred previously served as assistant director of player development with the Chicago White Sox in 1985 before moving to Houston. He also managed three seasons at Niagara Falls in the New York-Penn League from 1982-84.
A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Fred earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Arizona State University, where he was an All-American infielder and a member of the 1967 national championship team. He was inducted into the Arizona State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
Following his playing career at Arizona State, Fred was drafted by the Dodgers and played three years in their farm system. He returned to his alma mater in 1972 as an assistant coach, and was named head coach at Missouri-St. Louis in 1973. He also served as the head baseball coach and assistant athletic director at Scottsdale (AZ) Community College from 1974-84. Fred makes his offseason home in Missouri City, TX, with his wife, Carolyn.
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