Pro Notebook: TJ Grad Elias Named Orioles’ New General Manager


November 18 - Mike Elias, who set the program record for victories at Alexandria’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and pitched at Yale University, was named on Friday as the new general manager of the Baltimore Orioles.

After graduating from Yale, Elias interned with the Philadelphia Phillies before becoming a scout with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007. In 2011, he became the director of amateur scouting for the Houston Astros and in 2016, he was promoted as the club’s assistant general manager.

Elias, 35, was also given the title of Baltimore’s executive vice president and will follow Dan Duquette, who was fired along with manager Buck Showalter last month after the Orioles lost a Major League-worst 115 games. He will be tasked with hiring the club’s next manager.

"Michael was a student of the game even during his time here as a player," said John Stuper, the head coach at Yale and a former Major League pitcher, in a release by the school. “This was the logical next step. He's smart, good with people, a great judge of talent, and a man of character and integrity. The Orioles made a terrific choice to lead them back to prominence."

A 2001 graduate of Jefferson, Elias was 18-5 as a left-handed pitcher for the Colonials, then made 44 relief appearances in his four seasons at the Ivy League. In high school, he pitched for Vienna Post 180 and late longtime manager Bert Crump.

Elias will be formally introduced by the club at a press conference tomorrow.

Arizona Fall League Campaigns End for Bukauskas, Lee, Scrubb

The annual Arizona Fall League wrapped yesterday when Peoria (21-9) and Salt River (16-14) played in the league’s championship game.

Three Northern Virginia natives - J.B Bukauskas (Stone Bridge), Khalil Lee (Flint Hill) and Andre Scrubb (C.D. Hylton) - had mixed results against some of baseball’s top prospects over the two-month season. Bukauskas (Stone Bridge) had the best campaign of the trio, finishing 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA in his six starts with the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Houston Astros farmhand, who had his fastball reach 98 MPH, struck out 24 in 24.1 innings.

Lee struggled for much of the fall, hitting just .157 with a .239 on-base percentage and four extra-base hits in his 83 at-bats. The Kansas City prospect played 21 games with the Surprise Saguaros. Scrubb, who finished the summer with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate in Tulsa, OK, had a 6.14 ERA in eight relief appearances with the Glendale Desert Dogs.

McBroom Spending Winter With Defending Mexican League Champ Tomateros de Culiacan

Ryan McBroom (Courtland) is suiting up this winter for Tomateros de Culiacan of the Mexican Pacific League, and entered the day hitting .226 with 16 RBI in 28 games with the club based in Northwestern Mexico.

During the spring and summer, the first baseman split his time between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre, hitting .302 with 15 home runs and 60 RBI in 121 games with the New York Yankees affiliates. He was the Most Valuable Player of the Single-A Midwest League in 2015 and was a Double-A Eastern League All-Star selection in 2017.

The eight-team Mexican Pacific League is an independent league that sends its champion each winter to the Caribbean World Series. Tomateros de Culiacan (19-12), the defending league champion, entered the day in first place with a three-game lead on Naranjeros de Hermosillo.

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Photo of Mike Elias via Houston Chronicle