Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow announced on Tuesday the team has promoted three members of the baseball operations staff. Mike Elias has been promoted to Assitant General Manager, Scouting and Player Development. Pete Putila has been promoted to Director of Player Development. Armando Velasco was promoted to Assistant Director of Player Development.
The Astros press releases noted:
Elias joined the organization in January of 2012 as Special Assistant to the General Manager, Scouting, and was the driving force behind the Astros decision to select shortstop Carlos Correa with the first overall pick in the 2012 draft. He has spent the last four years leading the organization's efforts in the amateur draft as Director, Amateur Scouting.
Putila is in his sixth year with the Astros organization after joining the club as a baseball operations intern in 2011. A graduate of West Virginia University and a native of Carmichaels, Pa., Putila has spent the last year as the club's Assistant Director of Minor League Operations, which followed stints as the club's Coordinator of Baseball Operations (2014-15) and Baseball Operations Assistant (2011-13).
Velasco joined the Astros in January of 2014 following internships with the New York Mets (2013) and SFX Baseball Group (2011-12). With the Astros, he has served as the club's Player Development Assistant (2014) and Baseball Operations Coordinator (2015-16). During the 2015-16 offseason, Velasco played an important role in helping the club through the most intensive salary arbitration process under General Manager Jeff Luhnow's tenure with Houston.
Elias takes over for David Stearns for left last season to become the Brewers GM and the Astros hadn't filled the assistant GM position during the majority of the 2015 season.
Elias was one of the driving forces for the Astros to draft Carlos Correa in 2012, and have four players on the current roster drafted under Elias — Alex Bregman, Tony Kemp, A.J. Reed and Tyler White.