Mike Elias, who first served as an exploratory director and later as a general director assistant, played an important role in the reconstruction of Houston Astros that culminated in a 2017 World Series title, will have the opportunity to replicate him as the next vice president and general of Orioles manager, the club announced Friday afternoon.
That experience with one of the organizational organization's events in Houston helped Orioles choose Elijah, 35, to take control of executive vice president Dan Duquette, who was dismissed on October 3 with his contract expired after the Orioles franchise – I remember season of 115 casualties.
The rent adds another step in the promotion of Elias to one of the best works of baseball, entering the game shortly after graduating from Yale University in 2006 and ascending rapidly to the main offices of the game.
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Elias joined the Cardinals of St. Louis in 2007 as an area player after playing in Yale, raising the head of amateur scouting in 2010. He held that role until January 2012, when he joined Jeff Luhnow's former vice president of exploration and development of players. Houston. Luhnow brought Elias as a special assistant and then a scout director in 2012, with Elias promoted the assistant general director with player development responsibilities and smaller league operations added to his reach.
He was credited with directing the organization to the star championship Carlos Correa with the highest election in 2012, the same choice that the Orioles have in the 2019 draft and the Astros are credited not only to beat in many of the high elections of their rebuilding. (including Alex Bregman, Lance McCullers Jr. and Kyle Tucker), but integrating analyzes in each part of their organization and using it to build a productive agricultural system during and after its reconstruction.
Of immediate interest for the Orioles is that Elias was part of three direct outlines from 2012 to 2014, in which the Astros had the first general selection, as did the Orioles in 2019. Elias was the director of exploration of two of them.
Elias is the third exit of high profile of the office of Astros this low season. Director of research and development Mike Fast has stopped becoming a special assistant to Atlanta Braves, while Sig Megdal, a special assistant who helped build the Astros analysis department after reaching baseball from a NASA fund, left last month . Megdal could join Elijah in Baltimore to do the same with the Orioles, according to multiple reports, including MLB.com.
Elias is the fifteenth who held the position of the first executive of Orioles and eighth to occupy that position since Peter G. Angelos bought the club in 1993. This contract was, however, the work of his children, Executive Vice President John Angelos and property representative Louis Angelos, who conducted interviews as a two-men research party while his father set aside health problems this year.
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While they had a long time to formulate a list of possible candidates, Duquette was in the final year of his contract and the Orioles never hated the playoff race, the process ended up taking the longest of the three clubs that needed new baseball operations directing this out of season
The New York Mets had a powerful public search that was taken by former agent Brodie Van Wagenen on October 29. San Francisco's giants hired Farhan Zaidi away from the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Nov. 6. Meanwhile, the Orioles have met with a group of candidates from different backgrounds, from former general directors Ben Cherington and Ned Colletti to the main deputies of the front offices as the assistant general director of Elias and Philadelphia, Ned Rice, as well as former executives of the team with MLB in Peter Woodfork and Tyrone Brooks.
Such varied funds allowed the Angelos brothers to get a complete insight into how many of the main teams in the league operate, from the integration of analysis to instruction and philosophy in the field to build an international operation and beat the rewards they will have in 2019 and beyond.
Elias has cut off his work on all those fronts.
The list of big leagues is thin in new talent, with Dylan Bundy, Mychal Givens and Trey Mancini the only players created and loaned around to make the fans connect. The contracts of free agents to the veterans Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo, Alex Cobb and Andrew Cashner did not give the return that the club hoped.
His agricultural system, although he improved some of the July trades that they sent to former All-Stars Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Brad Brach, Jonathan Schoop and Darren O'Brien, in addition to former former round coach Kevin Gausman, Medium talent and have much more depth than the impact potential. Several works improved in recent years under the amateur exploration director Gary Rajsich, with analytically inspired selections, have also contributed to some improvement, but the system in general is lacking.
Internationally, the team has gone south of $ 1 million in international fans since this period of signing began on July 2, although they are still lagging behind in exploration and facilities in Latin American markets because Duquette called for a decision of property
But after seeing that the team devoted much of its resources to the list of major leagues with the rest of the operation, John and Louis Angelos identified several of these aspects as improvement objectives.
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In terms of staff, Elias has several tasks to help fill the rest of the organization. The team has the vice president Brady Anderson, who played a more important role in the turbulence of the end of the Duquette-Showalter era, still under contract. Brian Graham's development manager has been operating as acting general director since Duquette's dismissal, and Rajsich has stayed the same way, even though his staff has been affected by exits. Elijah will decide if they continue and in what capacity, as the team's announcement that Duquette was out of play, the new external contract would have the last word in all baseball issues.
The new contracts could also include a high number 2 to help carry out the daily execution of Elías's plan and also require a new manager to take Buck Showalter, which was also allowed to go on October 3. .
Showalter coaches are also out of a contract as of October 31, although a new manager will have the option to bring them back.